Since 1995, the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic has been quietly caring for residents of Martin County who have no access to health care. Our patients are legal adult residents who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, do not have private health insurance, and have household incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
We meet a critical need in the community thanks to our volunteer medical professionals who provide comprehensive, compassionate care at no charge to the patients. Our non-medical staff help residents navigate the application process to ensure they meet all the criteria for becoming VIM patients.
At VIM Clinic, we are a family. Many of our volunteers have been here for 10 years or more, and have spent thousands of hours helping patients. In fact, several have been honored with the Presidential Volunteer Services Award.
Our community partners include Martin Health System, which contributes more than $6 million a year in laboratory, diagnostic and other services to our patients. The Martin County Medical Society, the Martin County Health Department, the Friends of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, pharmaceutical companies and other local physicians supplement our ability to provide the best, most comprehensive care possible.
For every dollar you donate, we provide more than $10 worth of medical services. Donors can rest assured that all funds benefit Martin County and 98 percent of our budget is spent directly on patient services. In other words, a meager 2 percent goes toward administration and fundraising.
On a budget of about $900,000, we provided nearly $9 million worth of medical services and handled over 10,300 patient visits in 2016. We could not do this without the generous contributions of our volunteers, funding partners, donors, local businesses, and many other community supporters. Our major fundraiser of the year is the annual VIM Gala, which is always the last Saturday of January. Our second major source of funding now comes from the Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf Tournament, which selected VIM as its beneficiary in 2013.
With these and other events throughout the year, VIM Clinic continues to make the most of its resources and those of the community to help our most vulnerable residents. Together, we make a difference!