Open Door Family Medical Center
Honoree, Hope Harvest 2024

Open Door Family Medical Center logo.In 1972, Open Door opened as a free medical center in the basement of the First Baptist Church in Ossining. Over more than 50 years, the organization has grown into a nationally-recognized, federally-qualified community health center. With a flagship center on Main Street in Ossining and multiple locations in Westchester, Putnam, and Ulster Counties, Open Door now provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services for more than 60,000 low-income individuals and families each year. Several are located in public schools.

Committed to accessibility, Open Door offers a sliding scale fee discount and a bilingual, multicultural, and culturally competent staff. Each day more than 1,000 people walk through their doors, struggling with poverty, unemployment, lack of health insurance, and life-threatening health disparities. With a focus on prevention, wellness services, and lifestyle, Open Door clinicians achieve results that consistently surpass national benchmarks for patient outcomes with regards to birth weight, BMI maintenance, blood pressure and diabetes management, cancer screening, and asthma severity.

Open Door is accredited by the Joint Commission, recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home and has won the prestigious national Davies Award from HIMSS, the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

The stories of Mariandale and Open Door intersect through Nurse Veronica Miller, OP (now a Dominican Sister of Hope), who provided maternal and infant care as a volunteer in the fledgling health center, and served as one of Open Door’s first board members. At the time, Sister Veronica was a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor. The Sisters provided health and home care to people living in poverty in the New York City area and around the country. For many years Mariandale served as their novitiate and administrative center and sisters provided home care in Ossining and surrounding communities.

The Sisters and The Center at Mariandale share Open Door’s core values of inclusiveness, accessibility, empowerment, and respect for diversity. In recent years, members of the Hope Volunteer Community – a young adult service program based at Mariandale – have volunteered at Open Door, continuing in Sister Veronica and others’ footsteps to provide health and wellness services regardless of ability to pay. Currently, both Mariandale and Open Door are supporting organizations for Open Arms for Refugees, working alongside local communities of faith to provide practical assistance and support to federally-sponsored refugees living in the local community.

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