A Message from the Founder
People often fall on hard times through no fault of their own. As a child and young adult, I struggled to survive. I was on the receiving end and am eternally grateful for the help I received. I would not be a doctor today if it were not for the generosity of so many. It was wonderful to get help; it is more wonderful to be able to give back. If you ever thought I want to give something where I know that it will make a difference, where it will work synergistically with other peoples’ energy and money, where it will keep giving for decades to come, VMSN is the place.
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, that was established in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find a way to provide access to health care to the Southern Nevada’s working families who are either not eligible for Medicaid/Medicare or cannot obtain affordable health insurance coverage.
We opened our first clinic at Paradise Park in January of 2010. With our primarily volunteer staff, VMSN clinics provide free adult and pediatric primary care, preventive, chronic and acute care, newborn checkup and immunizations, diagnostic tests, medications, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to Southern Nevada residents. We will help prevent acute hospitalization, reduce hospital costs and decrease taxpayer burdens. Most importantly, we will care for the neglected and unseen members of our community who are hurting.
VMSN recently opened the second clinic in October 2015, The Ruffin Family Clinic, and now operates two patient-centered medical homes. Our vision is to ensure every man, woman, and child in Southern Nevada has access to health care. In addition to providing primary medical care, the Ruffin Family Clinic will also provide mental health and social services, dental and vision services, and expanded patient education services. In future years we anticipate VMSN’s flagship location near Downtown Las Vegas will serve as the medical home for 10,000 Southern Nevadans, providing 25,000 life-saving patient visits per year.
At VMSN we do not hesitate to save lives, we dive right in and we are very proud of our record. Since opening its first clinic in Southern Nevada in 2010, VMSN now has 300 medical professional volunteers and 177 nonmedical professional volunteers. We have provided more than 25,000 patients visits, averaging 364 patient visits per month over the last five years.
Nevada was 49th in the number of uninsured prior to the implementation of affordable care act, since the implementation it is now 36th place in the United States. Despite the ACA many of Southern Nevada citizen go without access to healthcare. Now, at VMSN, we have increased the number of patient visits by 62% over the last year. We are now averaging 512 patients per month compared to the 364 patients over the last five years.
At the end of our fifth year at the Paradise Park clinic, we have become the medical home to over 2,100 patients, a number which is growing rapidly. For the last fiscal year, we provided approximately 4,375 patient visits. We provide over $400,000 in diagnostic tests, and upwards of $1,500,000 in free medications. This year our volunteers logged nearly 22,500 hours valued at close to $700,000.
It is up to all of us in Southern Nevada to answer the need of Southern Nevada’s working families. At VMSN we believe that every life is of infinite value and every person deserves a healthy, productive, and happy life. VMSN still needs many more volunteers. We are reaching out to both active and retired health care workers. Please contact us if you share the dream of helping Southern Nevada’s working families. Please visit us on our website at VMSN.org or call us at 702-967-0530 to volunteer or donate. Please give so others can live.
Dr. Florence Jameson,
Founder and Chairman of the Board and all our Volunteers at VMSN