Volunteers in Medicine receives matching grant of $ 375,000

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Volunteers at the Cascades Medicine Clinic (VIM) have received a matching grant of $ 125,000 per year over three years from the Tykeson Family Foundation. Matching eligible donations consist of gifts from any member of the medical community, including administrative staff, physicians, retired physicians, and non-physicians working in patient care.

VIM serves over 1,200 low-income working adults each year. None of VIM’s patients are eligible for ACA coverage, so they rely on the clinic’s services, which are always free. Patients typically suffer from several underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. They face language and cultural barriers to obtaining health care, and VIM puts these needs first, offering primary and specialist medical care, prescription drugs, and mental health care.

About the Tykeson Family Foundation

The Tykeson Family Foundation supports health, arts, education and social service organizations.

About Cascades Medical Volunteer Clinic

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is a non-profit clinic located in Bend that provides free medical care to low-income, uninsured adults from working families in central Oregon. Our mission is “to improve the health and well-being of medically uninsured and severely underserved people through the commitment of dedicated professionals, community partners and volunteers.” VIM is the only clinic in central Oregon that cares for uninsured people free of charge. Patients receive primary and specialized medical care, medication, mental health care, surgery, physiotherapy, laboratory work, medical tests, and education programs. All care is provided by medical and support volunteers. www.vim-cascades.org

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