Category Archives: Updates

OHI Opens a Pharmacy in Its Lakewood Health Center

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OHI, (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), recently opened an onsite pharmacy in its Lakewood location, 101 Second Street. The pharmacy is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The OHI pharmacy in Manchester is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Because OHI is an FQHC, OHI patients from all sites are eligible to use the pharmacy under the discounted 340B pharmacy program that has a pricing tier often at a fraction of the cost of commercial pharmacy. Qualified patients will receive prescriptions at a reduced rate.

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of OHI, said, “Currently, our Lakewood pharmacy is filling prescriptions for self-pay patients only; but when we are participating in additional insurance networks, we will be able to fill those prescriptions as well.”

The pharmacists in Lakewood are Pharmacist-in-Charge Vijay Vohra, R.Ph. (Registered Pharmacist); Maritza Perez, R.Ph.; and Theresa Bello, R.Ph. Pharmacists and the pharmacy technician are available onsite to provide education about prescribed medications. Maritza Perez and the pharmacy technician are bilingual.

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OHI Announces Its Summer Hours

OHI, (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, with offices in Lakewood, Toms River, Manahawkin, and Manchester has announced its 2015 summer hours. Beginning Monday, July 6 through Tuesday, September 8 all sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Late night and Saturday appointments will be available again beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2015.OHI SUMMER

OHI sites are at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70 Lakehurst; a School Based Wellness Program is also within the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood.

For information about OHI, call 732-363-6655 or visit For questions contact Kimberly Tozzi, Community Relations Liaison, 732-719-9016.

Health Insurance Eligibility is Available for Select Situations

OHI would like to remind you that some individuals and families may still be eligible to enroll in health insurance.  Even though the formal open enrollment period has closed, our Outreach and Enrollment Department is available to assist our patients and the public with any questions about the Health Exchange.

Special Open Enrollment in the Marketplace is available up to 60 days AFTER the following events have occurred:Bigger-Family

  • Those who are recently married
  • Had or adopted a child
  • Had a change in immigration status
  • Have been released from incarceration
  • Received an exemption from the Marketplace but now have a higher income
  • Anyone who lost health insurance because of:

– Leaving or losing a job
– Moving into New Jersey or moving from another part of New Jersey
– Divorce
– Turning 26 years of age and lost coverage on a parents plan
– Lost eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP

These life-changing situations allow people to participate in this special enrollment period; however, it is important to remember that you must enroll within 60 days after the event occurred.

People who can enroll ALL year include:

  • Anyone eligible for Medicaid or have a child who is eligible for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan)
  • A small business owner who wants to offer coverage to employees
  • Native American or Alaskan native

Our Bilingual Certified Application Counselors in the Outreach and Enrollment department and other qualified staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance.  To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655

Lakewood High School Steering Committee Meeting – April 29th 2014

A Steering Committee, made up of Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) employees and Board Members, with members of the Lakewood School district, met on April 29th, 2014 to discuss action plans for a new School-Based Health Center in the Lakewood High School.

Construction will begin during the 2014 summer, and will open for the 2014-2015 school year. More news on the High School Health Center and Steering Committee will follow from the OHI Newsroom. For more information, please visit or call (732) 363-6655.

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Pictured from left to right:

(Top) Warren Sherard – Director of Facilities, OHI; Jorge Rod – Chairman, OHI Board of Directors; Douglas R. Clark, Marketing, OHI; Theresa Berger, Chief Executive Officer, OHI; Kenneth Waller, Practice Director for School Based Programs, OHI; Bridget Hogan, Chief Operations Officer, OHI; Marcy Paturzo, Principal, Lakewood Schools; Major R.L. Finklin, Assistant Principal, Lakewood Schools; Maria Byrd, Guidance Counselor, Lakewood Schools

(Bottom) Hannah Maldony, Chief Compliance Officer and Interim Director of Nursing, OHI; Kim Tozzi, Executive Assistant, OHI; Beatriz Patiño, Health Exchange Coordinator, OHI; Melanie Mitchell, Director of Behavioral Health, OHI; Miriam Medina, Parent Liaison, Lakewood Schools; Marianne Bradley-Arkush, Director of School Based Services, Lakewood Schools

OHI Expands Its Pediatric Hours at Lakewood and Toms River Offices

Everyone knows that babies and children don’t only get sick during the day and parents often have to work. That is why Ocean Health Initiatives, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is expanding its pediatric appointment hours.

The expanded pediatric hours at the Lakewood and Toms River sites began earlier this month.  Parents can call during the day and receive a same day or next day appointment, whichever is more convenient.4-10-14 - Exteded Pedi Hours (Began)

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of OHI, said, “We also want to make sure that your child sees the same doctor during every visit so please ask for your doctor by name when calling for your appointment. We will make every effort to schedule you with that doctor. We love caring for your children, and your families can anticipate personalized care as always.”

The expanded hours for the Lakewood office, 101 Second Street, are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; and 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday.

The expanded hours for the Toms River office, 301 Lakehurst Road, are 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

To make a pediatric appointment, call 732-363-6655.

OHI provides comprehensive primary preventive care, including well baby, well child, and adolescent visits; comprehensive care for minor, serious and chronic pediatric illnesses; immunizations, and physicals for sports, school or working papers.

OHI also provides referrals for WIC (the Women, Infants and Children Nutritional Program); developmental assessments, and growth charting, and screening services, including hearing, vision, anemia, cholesterol, HIV, STD, Tuberculosis, and EPSTD (Early-Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Testing).

OHI Offers Flu Shot Clinic at Lifestyle Expo

shutterstock_116440492OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.) is offering a Flu Shot Clinic at the Bob and Marianne’s Lifestyle Expo, Friday, November 1. 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Center Court, Ocean County Mall, 1201 Hooper Avenue, Toms River.

The vaccine is free for attendees with a valid Medicare Part B card and a photo I.D., while supplies last. Most insurances will be accepted. For those without insurance, flu shots cost $20.00 for the regular vaccine and $30.00 for the high dose flu vaccine available only to those 65 years of age and older. The cost of flu shots are payable with cash or checks. Anyone receiving a flu shot must have a photo I.D.

The Lifestyle Expo is presented by 1160 WOBM-AM and Meridian Health. Admission and parking are free to the Expo, which features free information and exhibits.