Volunteers In Medicine Receives $11,000 Grant To Fund Care For 33 Low-Income Patients

Bend, Ore. – June 9 , 2015 Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is excited to announce the recent award of an $11,000 grant from the Deschutes County Community Grant Program. This gift will provide 33 low-income, uninsured adults in Deschutes County with one year of comprehensive healthcare. This includes primary and specialty care, prescription medication, mental health care and limited dental care.

“We are very thankful for Deschutes County’s support,” said Kat Mastrangelo, Executive Director of VIM. “Together we are improving the health and well-being of at-risk families in our community.”

VIM contributes to community health and reduces the overall cost of healthcare for everyone in Central Oregon. Every aspect of care is provided by volunteers, with the support of a small team of staff who oversee clinic operations.

VIM's patients range in age from 18 – 64, with the majority having one or more chronic condition; such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or mental health diagnoses. All of these conditions are manageable with medical oversight and access to care.

It is estimated more than 6,000 working adults still remain uninsured in the tri-county area.

“We hope that anyone who does not have health insurance will call (541) 330-9001 to make an appointment,” stated Mastrangelo. “We believe in the health of our community”.

About Volunteers in Medicine

Since 2004, Volunteers in Medicine has been providing healthcare services to low-income adults in Central Oregon by utilizing the collaborative efforts of more than 300 clinic volunteers and more than 400 community medical partners. VIM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is 100% supported by private foundations, business and individual gifts, and in-kind contributions of professional services and supplies. New patients and those in need of assistance enrolling in Affordable Care Act programs are welcome. For more information call 541-330-9001 or visit www.vim-cascades.org.

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