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Volunteers in Medicine Thanks Walgreens for Flu Vaccination Donation, Prepares for a Busy Flu Season
Published on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 (12:02 p.m.)LAS VEGAS – (September 24, 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 generous donation of flu vaccines compliments of Walgreens Pharmacy.
VMSN, which provides quality health care and support for the working uninsured or unemployed residents of Southern Nevada through thousands of volunteer hours, will be conducting two flu shot clinics to administer flu vaccines to its patients. The first will be held at VMSN’s Paradise Park location at 4770 Harrison Drive, Suite 200, Las Vegas 89121 on Sept. 25. An additional flu shot clinic will also be held at the Paradise Park location on Oct. 4. Only VMSN patients are eligible to receive the complimentary flu shots.
“Although the need for compassionate health care is present all year-round, VMSN sees an exceptional need for patient assistance during flu season,” said VMSN founder Dr. Florence Jameson. “Walgreens’ kind gesture is a phenomenal example of our community coming together to create a healthy and flourishing Nevada.”
In preparation for flu season, which can begin as early as October and continue as late as May, VMSN encourages community members to get the flu vaccine and practice necessary health measures, like frequent hand washing, to avoid the spread of germs.
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.
In addition to VMSN’s current clinical operations, the organization’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.
The organization is hosting its Fifth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball at The Venetian Las Vegas on Oct. 12 to help fund its efforts in Southern Nevada. The black tie optional event will feature world-class entertainment, a live auction and a special awards ceremony honoring philanthropist Eric M. Hilton. For more information, or to purchase a ticket to the event, contact the VMSN clinic at (702) 967-0530 ext. 215. Also visit VMSN’s event page on the web at vmsn.org/specialevents.
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