VIM Chattanooga delivered medical care to 624 patients with 5,241 patient visits during 2015. A sample study of patients with multiple diagnoses revealed:
- 100% of patients with diabetes refill their medications as expected and 80% of these patients had a Hemoglobin A1C of less than 9, indicating their symptoms are getting under control.
- 90% of patients being treated for hypertension refill their medications as expected and 100% of these patients received at least two (2) blood pressure (BP) assessments after achieving BP control (measure at < 140/90).
At the end of 2015 the clinic had logged 56,362 patient visits valued at more than $19 million at clinic rates and $80 million at conservative emergency room rates.
The clinic meets three dynamic criteria:
Meets the medical needs of low income, uninsured clients at a greatly reduced rate due to medical volunteers;
Activates more than 100 volunteers on a monthly basis who are seeking a rewarding, worthwhile experience; and
Eases the burden on county hospitals and taxpayers by averting costly emergency care.
Our patients are 70% Caucasian, 30% minorities, with 62% being female. Many patients are in their mid 50s to early 60s. They have primarily worked their entire adult lives but have been downsized or retired without insurance.
Cost for one patient visit: $89.50
Value delivered for one patient visit: $337/clinic rate or $1,687/ER rates.