Welcome to the Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville website. We provide free primary health care to low-income, working adults and their families.
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In 1994, Dr. Jack McConnell, a retired physician in Hilton Head, S.C., realized there was a huge gap in the health care community – those working who had no medical care because it is not offered by their employers or they cannot afford the insurance that is available. The result of his research was the development of the first VIM Clinic. There are now more than 81 clinics in 25 states.
Planning Stages – Began in 2002 when two prominent health care providers in Jacksonville became aware of the VIM Clinic concept and the need for one in Duval County because, in Duval County, there are over 80,000 to 120, 0000 working people and their family members who are not covered by a health plan.
The Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville Clinic is a volunteer-run medical clinic that provides primary medical services to the working uninsured of Greater Jacksonville. Operations are funded through private and corporate donations, grants, and on-going fund-raising. We have created a compassionate and nurturing environment for patients, volunteers, and staff based on our philosophy that (1) healing does not begin with a pill or therapy, but when you greet someone at the door, invite them in, take an interest in their lives, and give them the dignity and respect they often get nowhere else; and (2) the greatest service does not only go to the patients that come to receive care, but to the volunteers that go to the VIM-Jax Clinic to give care.
The Clinic is located at 41 East Duval Street, on the corner of Ocean and Duval, across from the Salvation Army and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The building was previously the Paulus Music Building, and was completely renovated largely through donated time and resources from dozens of individuals and community resources coordinated by Mr. West Westmoreland, owner of Jaguar Builders.
Primary Care (We Provide the following services FREE: Physical Examinations, Laboratory Testing, Mammograms and Ultrasounds, Prescription Medications, Eye Examinations and Eye Glasses, and finally referrals to Specialty Care)
ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat