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VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE (national office)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Community Health Systems, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To promote and guide the development of a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical and community volunteers within a Culture of Caring to improve access to health care for America's uninsured.

Results: There are currently 96 VIM clinics located in 29 states, providing over 400,000 patient visits to uninsured members of their communities. Over 11,500 medical and non-medical volunteers help staff the clinics and deliver the care. The national VIM office provides support services to open clinics while continuing to assist in the development of additional clinics across the country.

Geographic areas served: Volunteers in Medicine will provides assistance to community across the country.

Programs: Volunteers in Medicine is the only national nonprofit dedicated to the development of free health care clinics for the uninsured. VIM clinics depend on local leadership, community organization and sound planning for sustainability. Experienced VIM staff provide assistance and resource materials through each step of the clinic development process.  A site visit is required to assess leadership potential, trouble shoot and further guide the planning process. Each local organizing committee is required to complete a feasibility study to assess the needs and resources of the community to determine the viability of a VIM clinic VIM clinics emphasize the Culture of Caring treating each person who enters the clinic with dignity and respect. Within this culture, volunteer medical professionals are able to practice pure medicine without the business of medicine and patients are treated as friends and neighbors not a diseases or numbers.

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