The VIM Clinic was founded by the late Fred Carter, MD, a physician who lived in Martin County for 31 years and saw the need for health care services among working people without insurance or the financial resources to access care. Thanks to Dr. Carter, the state of Florida passed legislation providing volunteer physicians, nurses and allied health professionals with immunity from malpractice. That made it possible for the Clinic to provide free, primary care to Martin County residents.
VIM Clinic opened its doors in October 1995, as a collaborative project of the Martin County Medical Society, Martin Health System, and the Martin County Public Health Unit. MHS provided a building and a small staff until VIM Clinic became an independent nonprofit organization in 2001.
By 1998, the original clinic needed a larger facility. The Martin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary donated $310,000 to remodel and relocate VIM Clinic to 417 SE Balboa Avenue in Stuart. With seven exam rooms, a laboratory, pharmacy and ophthalmology suite, VIM Clinic can offer various specialty services, including the following:
Because of our affiliation with Martin Health System and the YMCA, we are able to provide patients with access to laboratory services, diagnostic studies and ancillary programs such as:
→ Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
→ Physical, occupational and speech therapy
→ Dietary counseling
→ Monitored exercise programs
→ Wellness & smoking cessation programs