Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc. (VIM Chattanooga) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) primary care clinic. Volunteer physicians and nurses provide free medical services to financially eligible adults who are uninsured.
The mission of the VIM Chattanooga Clinic is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved in our community by providing quality, compassionate and personalized care in a faith-based caring environment.
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VIM Chattanooga would not exist without the support of businesses, foundations, churches, and individuals. Thank you for caring about your friends and neighbors without health insurance.
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Thank you SunTrust Bank /Foundation for sponsoring the clinic this week! We couldn't do this work without your steadfast support.
Our second LEAD JumpStart participants graduated last week. Here's some preliminary stats from both groups:
In just 21 days, 17 participants collectively lost 105 pounds and 11.25 inches from their waist measurements. 75% of the participants had a drop in their FBS and A1c, with an average drop in A1c of .4% in just three weeks. Lipids showed overall improvement, although it varied individually.
There were also medication changes. One participant decreased his insulin from 6 injections to 0-2 injections per day. One dropped a blood pressure pill, and another her metformin. A patient with significant osteoarthritis stopped her meloxicam due to the decrease in swelling and pain in her hands. Several stated that they no longer needed medication for GERD.
The most rewarding results were the lifestyle changes made. One participant stated, “I am eating right for the first time, and I feel good again.” Another proudly exclaimed, “I was prediabetic. But not anymore.” A favorite comment was a text message that received from a participant about two weeks after the Jumpstart ended. She wrote, “We are doing great and love our new way of eating. Thank you for helping us. It has changed our lives forever.”
Are you a VIM Patient with diabetes? Interested in making lifestyle changes to feel better? Call us today. The next JumpStart (10-days) starts November 3!
The program is funded by CVS Health Foundation with partners Southern Adventist University and Plant Pure Inc.
Thank you to Christ Church Women's Ministry for sponsoring the clinic this week. You are making it possible for more than 100 people to receive medical care this week!
The 11th Annual VIM Golf Classic was a huge success! We raised just over $30,000 net, which will serve 350 patients with services valued at more than $600,000. We couldn't do this without our sponsors and our underwriters, Capital Toyota, Christ Church, Warren & Griffin, P.C., and WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News. Most especially, thank you to Gene Williford (Glenda make sure he sees this 😉) and the entire Golf Tournament Committee for making this event awesome year after year! Photos are online here: http://vim-chatt.org/118.94/2017-vim-golf-classic
Congratulations Dr. Bowers, our very own Champion of Health Care!
Thank you Ridgedale Baptist Church, not only for sponsoring this week at the clinic, but for making sure we exist at all <3
The Weldon F. Osborne Foundation is this week's Clinic Sponsor. Established in 1959 specifically for religious and benevolent charities, VIM is so grateful to have their support!
Exciting news! Our first PlantPure JumpStart class of patients just graduated from the 21 day program. Collectively, they lost 83 pounds, 6.75 inches from their waist, and saw a 52 point difference in their fasting blood sugar tests. Are you a VIM patient with diabetes? You might want to get in with the next group starting September 22! 🥗
It's time! Sign up today for the 11th Annual VIM Golf Classic on September 8 at www.vim-chatt.org. Thank you to our sponsors Capital Toyota, Christ Church, Warren & Griffin, P.C., and WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News for underwriting this event so that 100% of proceeds can go to serving uninsured, low income friends and neighbors in need!
Check it out! Edward's Jewelry has donated this gorgeous 14k Antique Blue Topaz Ring to our golf tournament's silent auction! It's approximately 6 carats and would retail for $695. Come see it and bid on it Friday, September 8 at Brown Acres Golf Course!
Christ Church, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for sponsoring the clinic this week.
Always great to see Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Hilton Head Island getting the national attention they deserve! Just two minutes - click on the video; it's well worth your time.
Thank you Brainerd Presbyterian Church E P C for sponsoring the clinic this week! Your faith in our services makes our day!
#WellnessWednesday…Heart disease is the major cause of death in America, accounting for 1 of 4 deaths. Knowing which foods lower blood pressure and which ones cause your heart the most trouble is very important. Foods rich in potassium help lower blood pressure, so try adding more potassium into your diet by eating things like avocados, spinach, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, and bananas. In comparison steer clear of saturated fats and trans fats which include red meat, full fat dairy, fast foods, bakery products, and packaged snack foods these increase the likely hood of heart disease.
Simple, everyday habits can make a big difference in your ability to live a healthy lifestyle. The best prevention against heart disease and stroke is to understand the risks and treatment options. If you are eligible and are in need of our services or if you would like to know more please give us a call at (423)-855-8220 for more information.
Come out to this year’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament for our Silent Auction benefiting local residents of hamilton and surrounding counties.
We're auctioning off four Disney World day passes valued at $640 at this year's Tournament. Make all your dreams come true on September 8th at Brown Acres Golf Course, see you there!
Brainerd Baptist Church, thank you for sponsoring the clinic this week! We couldn't do it without you!
Thank you to the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation for sponsoring the VIM Clinic this week. This partnership goes back to the planning days of the clinic and we are so incredibly grateful for your support since 2005! BCBST
This company is ALL IN for the VIM Clinic! They are an ongoing sponsor, not just for the Band Aid Benefit, but for the 5k AND the VIM Golf Classic!
Thank you to March Adams & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers for sponsoring the clinic this week! We are *so* grateful for your generous support.
You guys rock!
Donations from the community and volunteer services have produced results that have changed the lives of countless people throughout the years at our clinic. ”Without VIM and the care of the doctors, nurses, and staff, I would have lost my right big toe months ago. I can't thank everyone enough for the bi-weekly dressing changes, fitting me in with the podiatrist, and arranging for me to see an endocrinologist through Project Access. VIM has made all the difference to my health. They've taught me so much about foot care that I wish I'd known all along. I'm only 42 and I can't be off work for a surgery and I certainly don't want to lose limbs so young. I'm taking the best care of myself that I can.” - Patient Testimony A BIG thank you to all of those who have given to our cause and work to make the lives of others within the community better. If you are eligible, and are in need of our services or if you would like to get involved please give us a call at (423)-855-8220 for more information!
I was sick and you cared for me ...Matthew 25