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Physicians Foundation awarding $700,000 in grants to help doctors rebuild after Sandy

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The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help facilitate the delivery of health care to patients, is providing $700,000 to assist doctors in New Jersey and New York with their rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

The Medical Society of New Jersey and the Medical Society of the State of New York will each receive a $350,000 grant to be distributed to physicians with the most critical need.

The fund was created to alleviate losses to health care delivery caused by the storm, and mitigate the deterioration of health care infrastructure. Possible uses of the grant include relocating or rehabilitating the physicians’ medical offices, replacing equipment, rebuilding patient records and payment of temporary operating expenses.

“Our goal is to give physicians the resources and support they need to reestablish health care delivery in affected areas,” said Dr. Alan Plummer, Physicians Foundation board member and chair of the grants committee. “We feel a responsibility to help physicians in New York and New Jersey who were impacted by superstorm Sandy rebuild their practices, so they can focus on caring for their patients and providing the best quality medical care available.”

“The impact of superstorm Sandy is unprecedented in New Jersey and many of our physicians are struggling to rebuild,” said Larry Downs, CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey. The grant “will greatly assist doctors hardest hit by the storm, so they can continue to meet the health care needs of their community.”

New Jersey-based medical practices may contact the Medical Society of New Jersey for information on how to apply by visiting www.msnj.org or calling (609) 896-1766.

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