Ossining's Open Door Named Nonprofit Finalist

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Dr. Verna, of Open Door Family Medical Centers in Ossining, gives a checkup to a patient. The organization is one of six semifinalists for a state award recognizing nonprofits. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy Open Door Family Medical Centers

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining’s Open Door Family Medical Centers was recently named one of six semifinalists for a state award recognizing nonprofit organizations.

After being named one of 10 semifinalists in August for the 2012 The New York Community Trust — New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards, members of Open Door recently found out they had made the top six. The state award honors outstanding management practices and encourages communication and innovation within New York’s nonprofit community, according to a news release.

Open Door’s President and CEO Lindsay Farrell said she already feels like the organization is in a category of its own.

“It’s very exciting because we’re the only nonprofit outside of New York City that was named a finalist,” Farrell said Wednesday. “We think we’re great, and it would be a great opportunity to tell our story.”

The finalists were required to submit an application earlier this year after the original group was narrowed down from 50 applicants to 10.

Now, a selection committee of professionals from across New York City’s nonprofit sector is set to make site visits to each organization this month. Farrell said members of Open Door Family Medical Centers, at 165 Main St. in Ossining, are ready for their site visit next week.

“We are very excited to be hosting this group next week,” Farrell said. “There’s quite a group coming, with a range of expertise, so we’re excited to show them around.”

Now in its sixth year, the awards are open to nonprofit organizations based in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

The 2012 Awards are sponsored by New York Magazine and WNYC. Open Door provides low-cost health care, including dental care and chronic disease management care, at sites in Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Mount Kisco and Port Chester, according to the release. Harlem RBI, iMentor, Red Hook Initiative, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corp, and the YMCA of Greater New York were named the other finalists.

On November 15, $25,000 in prize money will be awarded to a gold prize winner for overall management excellence, $10,000 will go to a silver prize winner, and $5,000 will be given to a bronze prize winner.  

“These six finalists show enormous diversity in where and how they serve New Yorkers, but they share in common one extremely important quality - strong management practices that advance their missions,” said Lorie A. Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust (NYCT), in the news release.  

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