Volunteers in Medicine Chattanooga celebrated a $25,000 Community Benefits Grant Award presented by CHI Memorial Hospital to the VIM primary care clinic, which serves the uninsured.
“At a time when we are all experiencing many changes and challenges, generosity for the common good is what brings people together," said VIM Executive Director Joel Henderson. "VIM is grateful for this crucial funding from CHI Memorial. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.”
Since opening the clinic doors in 2005, VIM has delivered healthcare to well over 75,000 patients living in the Greater Chattanooga at a value of more than $25 million at clinic rates or an estimate value of $109 million at emergency room rates at a cost of $7 million to the clinic.
“Sixteen years ago, local churches and community leaders came together to plan and fund VIM’s free, faith-based medical clinic for our low-income friends and neighbors without health insurance based on Matthew 25,” said Mr. Henderson.
The local health clinic prevails today, with a small staff which coordinates 85 volunteers monthly and is currently accepting new patients. The screening process determines eligibility for services.
Applicants must be aged 19-64 with no insurance, and a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
“Generally, the screening process takes less than a week before the first appointment with a doctor,” added Mr. Henderson. “Once approved our patients never see a bill and receive compassionate care in a Christian environment.”
The Volunteers in Medicine primary care clinic is at 5705 Marlin Road, Suite 1400 near Eastgate in Chattanooga. If you or someone you may know is need of access to care or may want to learn more on how you can give of your talents by volunteering contact the clinic at 855-8220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out more resources at vim-chatt.org and follow VIM on social media on facebook.com/vimchatt, instagram.com/vim_chatt and twitter.com/vimchatt.