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Volunteers in Medicine Thanks Wells Fargo Foundation for NeighborhoodLIFT Grant
Published on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 (11:26 a.m.)LAS VEGAS – (April 29, 2013) Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the uninsured with access to preventative and comprehensive medical care, announced today a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.
The grant is made possible through a local initiatives grant program funded through Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT™ program. The program is a collaborative effort between Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America and the City of Las Vegas designed to assist in areas most impacted by the housing crisis. The privately funded initiative provided $1.15 million in grants to a total of 14 local nonprofit organizations.
The grant was provided to VMSN at a special check presentation ceremony attended by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Wells Fargo Nevada Region President Kirk Clausen. Funds allocated to VMSN will provide approximately 820 patient visits to an estimated 590 unduplicated residents living within the boundaries of the city of Las Vegas.
“Congratulations to Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, and thanks for all you do in the community,” said Clausen. “As the leading community bank in Las Vegas, we are proud to provide this grant to help make Southern Nevada an even better place to call home.”
In 2012, VMSN saw more than 2,600 patients and managed more than 5,700 patient visits at its Paradise Park clinic. During that time, VMSN provided approximately $4 million in health care, using $1 million in donations.
“We have over 780 volunteers who help those who have lost hope,” said Gard Jameson, VMSN co-founder, alongside his wife, Dr. Florence Jameson. “A lot of people think that we’re all taken care of under the Affordable Care Act, but it’s not true. There will still be nearly 300,000 people who will not have access to medical care in Nevada.”
Ultimately, VMSN’s goal is to develop and sustain multiple clinic sites with expanded services including mental health care, dental care and vision care. VMSN is in the midst of a comprehensive fundraising effort titled “The Florence Nightingale Capital Campaign” to open a downtown flagship clinic. The proposed site for the clinic is at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue on 1.34 acres of donated land and will provide 30,000 patient visits per year without limits or restrictions.
About Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find a way to provide access to health care to Southern Nevada’s working citizens. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare and support, in a culture of caring, to the working uninsured and unemployed residents in Southern Nevada. VMSN provides preventative health care in order to care for the neglected and unseen members of the community. It also helps prevent acute hospitalization, reducing hospital cost and decreasing taxpayer burdens. Learn more: www.vmsn.org