March 31, 2020
Dear VIM Family,
COVID-19 has shed a bright light on the shortcomings of the United States health care system. When an epidemic occurs and communities are trying to contain the spread of the disease, it becomes crystal clear how critical it is to have accessible, affordable healthcare available for all of our neighbors.
During this time of uncertainty, please know that Volunteers in Medicine holds the health and well-being of our patients, volunteers and staff in the highest regard and is our top priority. We will continue VIM’s unwavering commitment to the health and safety of all of our constituency groups while we navigate through the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 is posing. For this reason and as previously announced, VIM will remain closed throughout this week and for the foreseeable future. We have continued to allow access for prescription refills and plan to implement telemedicine options so that we can continue to provide care in a modified format. Our hope is that these measures will allow us to continue to provide quality care for our VIM patients while also doing our part to mitigate spread of the disease.
The number of low-income individuals within VIM HHI’s service area is just over 14,000; close to 10,000 individuals compose VIM’s active patient population. This means that VIM HHI has a catchment rate of ~70%; hence, VIM is providing care for a significant percentage of our neighbors in need whom we are missioned to serve, further positioning VIM as such a vital community resource. VIM’s newly enrolled patient population currently sees a 12-month growth rate of 11% and we fully anticipate a significant demand and vastly increased growth rate for our healthcare services in the near and ongoing future as we globally and as a community recover from this pandemic.
We are reminded that, without you, we could never provide the life-changing care that we do. We are also reminded that we are going to need our VIM family’s dedicated support more than ever. To make a contribution to VIM, please visit our website at www.vimclinic.org. Together, we will get through this, and know that we remain ever thankful for your faithful dedication to our mission and to VIM’s Circle of Caring.
We will keep you apprised on clinic functionality and adaptation as this situation continues to unfold. You are most important to VIM, and we wish you all safety and good health in the coming weeks.
All our best,
Lynn Jennings Taylor, RN, JD VIM Board Chair
Raymond L. Cox, MD, MBA VIM Executive Director