Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) operates two free clinics in South Jersey to serve the needs of the uninsured and underserved. VIM, with the support of the medical community and the community at large, assists those who are making a sincere effort to help themselves and their families realize optimum health. VIM’s focus is on primary health care, emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion, and patient education in easily accessible facilities with the same dignity and confidentiality afforded in the private sector.
VIM’s Cape May County clinic has been in continuous operation for 15 years. Currently, approximately 450 people consider the Cape May County VIM clinic their primary care doctor and medical home. The Atlantic County clinic opened in March of 2017 and has a first year goal of serving 250 individuals.
VIM patients tend to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. The types of conditions typical to middle-aged people, who have worked in service and manual labor, lived with very low income, and rarely “doctored.” Patients that register with VIM receive free, quality primary care, specialists care when available and prescription medicine assistance. Perhaps more importantly, VIM becomes their advocate to ensure continuity of care.