Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
To remove barriers so that every Bartholomew County resident is known and cared for by a primary healthcare provider, working together to increase the use of appropriate self care.
"We welcome those who need - to come without fear,
And we invite those who serve - to come without pride,
So that their meeting may bring healing and hope to both."
Volunteers in Medicine clinic (VIM) is our community's response to providing access to healthcare for low-income, uninsured adults. Each year, over 1300 individuals receive medical care at the clinic from local doctors, dentists, nurses, specialists, and counselors who volunteer their time and expertise.
The patients seen at VIM do not receive publicly funded health insurance such as Medicare or Medicaid. They are often employed for low wages and reduced hours making health insurance unaffordable. The management of chronic disease has evolved as a patient care priority. The staff and volunteers recognize that combinations of treatment characteristics are needed in order to best care for patients. These include a trusted relationship with a provider, education, pharmaceuticals, and self-care efforts. Patients receive this level of care and support at VIM.
Regular appointments with healthcare professionals and access to medications are critical in reducing complications, risks, and hospitalizations for patients with chronic disease conditions. Responding to the increase in the number of patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases, VIM staff and volunteers added weight management and low-impact exercise programs, life coaches, and group education sessions to promote self-care and healthy lifestyle choices.
- Acute primary care (such as ear infections and strep throat)
- Annual physicals and sports physicals
- Chronic care management (such as high blood pressure)
- Specialty clinics
- Self-care resources
- Lifestyle and educational programs
- A resident of Bartholomew County
- No health insurance (services, including medications, cannot be provided for Medicaid and Medicare recipients).
- Have a household income at or below 50% of the Bartholomew County median income (adjusted to family size). Proof of income will be required, and eligibility will be determined by clinic staff.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Hispanic services with translation and interpretation: Mondays - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The clinic operates most efficiently on an appointment basis. This allows clinic staff to schedule patients with the most appropriate provider, based on need. Call (812) 376-9750 during clinic hours for scheduling questions.
The average cost of operating the clinic is $1,400 per day. Financial support is essential for the clinic's success. Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation is the primary fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine. No tax dollars support VIM. Contributions may be made in two ways:
- A gift to the Foundation's endowment to ensure long-term financial support for the clinic.
- A designated gift to the Volunteers in Medicine Fund.