Welcome to the Volunteers in Medicine Website!
Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc. (VIM Chattanooga) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) primary care medical clinic which opened in May, 2005. It provides medical services to financially eligible individuals and families who otherwise have no access to health care. The clinic is located in the 5900 Building at Eastgate and is based on a model established by former Chattanoogan, Dr. Jack McConnell in Hilton Head, SC.
We are excited to announce that effective immediately, Volunteers in Medicine will take patients from counties surrounding Hamilton. Call 423-855-8220 for information on the application process.
Welcome New Executive Director
The Board of Directors has announced that Ashley Wolfe Evans has been named Executive Director of the Clinic. Ashley, who began on March 31, comes to VIM after 12 years at AIM Center, also of Chattanooga. She succeeds VIM Founder and President Nancy Franks who retired from her volunteer position at the end of April. Read complete news release.
"THANK YOU, for taking this journey with me and THANK YOU for letting me serve as your President for so long." - words of Nancy Franks, as she gave her final report to the Board. Read full report.
Good News for the Uninsured
Despite the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there are still many people who can't get insurance. The plight of the uninsured and the "safety net" provided by Volunteers in Medicine is the subject of an editorial in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday, April 6. “We’re still here,” said Nancy Franks, the volunteer president who was the primary driver behind the faith-based clinic’s founding in 2005. “We’re not going anywhere.” Read full article.
There are many instances where patients express their appreciation to the Clinic. These four patients did so in short videos. Click on each of these links to understand and appreciate what the Clinic has meant to them.
News of Interest
Dr Bowers Named Health Champion
Dr. Robert E. Bowers, VIM Medical Director, has been named a Tennessee Medical Association Quarterly Public Health Champion for 2014. He was chosen for his "volunteer efforts to improve public health and access to health care in his community". Read full article
National Organization Honored
Volunteers in Medicine has been honored with a 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” said Amy Hamlin, Executive Director. “Volunteers in Medicine is the only national nonprofit dedicated to the development of a national network of free medical clinics to care for the working uninsured.” To date, there are 92 VIM clinics in 28 states. Hamlin added, “We believe that even with the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act, Volunteers in Medicine safety-net clinics will be needed for the foreseeable future.” Shown at the right are volunteer physicians serving in the VIM Chattanooga clinic, Dr. Robert Magill, Dr. Robert Bowers, Medical Director and Dr. Robert Myers.
Message from the President
Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga will continue doing today and tomorrow what we have done since 2005, serving our friends and neighbors who have no medical insurance. VIM Chattanooga remains committed to the well-being of the low income uninsured who need medical care. The Volunteers in Medicine Board of Directors will continue to evaluate current and future rulings and make any necessary changes.
Dr. Schmitt Named to National Office
Dr. Colleen Schmitt, VIM founding physician, has been named President Elect of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. See news release. Dr. Schmitt was one of the early physicians who stepped up in 2003 when the clinic was just a good idea. She has worked tirelessly to insure that VIM patients receive the best of medical care. Congratulations, Colleen!
Dr Bowers Award
VIM Medical Director Receives Award. In 2011, Dr. Bowers received the prestigious 2011 Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism presented by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, in association with Pfizer Inc. Read full article and watch video about Dr. Bowers.
Clinic Wins Award
VIM Received the Be More Collaborative Partnership Award from WTCI at the Trade Center on March 6, 2012! Accepting the award, Nancy Franks, VIM President said: “Wow. First, I would like to thank the Lord for bringing our community together to serve our friends and neighbors who fall between the cracks when it comes to healthcare. I want to thank all our partners in the community for without your support, we couldn’t deliver the excellent medical care in our community. Last of all, I want to thank the committee, we are truly humbled and honored by this award. Thank you so much.” Read newspaper article.
Calm After Storm
The Calm After the Storm - A Special Day. June 25th was indeed a special day for children who were traumatized during the storms on April 27th. Sponsored by Summit Counseling and Ridgedale Baptist Church, this event focused on letting children be children under the nurturing care of pastors, counselors and others. Read the full report from VIM Administrator, Pat Dennison.
VIM President Subject of Winning Essay
VIM President Subject of Winning Essay. Rebecca Schmitt, Baylor Senior, is this year's Templeton Scholarship recipient. Her winning essay honored Nancy Franks, who led the way in opening the Volunteers In Medicine (VIM) Clinic in 2005. To watch the video of Rebecca reading her essay, click here.
Jenneth Randell Award
Jenneth Randall named Volunteer of the Year. Jenneth Randall, a volunteer at VIM since 2003, was named as Health Volunteer of the Year in the Chattanooga area for 2009. This short video tells her story.
VIM Featured in Healthscope Magazine
Volunteers in Medicine featured in HealthScope magazine! Per Nancy Franks, “My husband and I went to see Dr. McConnell’s clinic to nominate him for a national award, not to start a clinic.” Click here to read this remarkable story of faith and commitment which marked the beginnings of VIM. chattanoogahealthscopearticle
Miracles - Not Just at Christmas
Miracles. "Miracles --- Not Just at Christmas" Click on Article