The vision of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada is to be one of the leading charitable medical clinics in America.
Our mission is to provide quality healthcare and support in a culture of caring for the working uninsured or unemployed residents of Southern Nevada.
- Teamwork: At VMSN, 99% of our team are volunteers. What a beautiful moment in time in Southern Nevada to see so many volunteers working together like an orchestra to create a beautiful symphony of loving acts of kindness for others.
- Respect:We work diligently to gain the respect of our patients, community, donors and supporters. We know that respect does not come automatically but that it naturally grows as a result of quality care and affection, which is displayed by our volunteers in assisting our patients to win in the battle of life.
- Urgency:There has never been a greater need in Nevada since the Great Depression. One out of five Nevadans have no health insurance. We cannot hesitate. In a moment of hesitation, precious lives are lost every day in our community.
- Service: Everybody at VMSN engages every day in superb service. With our volunteers loving kindness and service, they bare the deep motives of their human heart and angelic nature as they care for their neighbors in need.
- Transparency: We understand that the highest quality of transparency is a must to build and maintain your trust.
I want to share with you an amazing project that is unfolding here in Southern Nevada. It is called “Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada.”
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) 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. It is estimated that one out of seven are uninsured in America, approximately 400,000 in Southern Nevada. In a recent article by Family USA, it was noted that one Nevadan dies every day due to a lack of health insurance. At VMSN, we will provide preventative health care and care for the chronically ill. 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.
We are happy to report that we opened our first clinic at Paradise Park in January of 2010. Since the opening, our volunteer numbers have swelled to more than 450.
We have affiliation agreements with the major teaching institutions to serve as a community outreach and teaching center for our students. It is our goal to connect young professionals to their community and inspire them to serve and to remain in our community. We currently have agreements with College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada School of Nursing, University of Southern Nevada, and University of Touro .
We have the support of local organizations for diagnostic tests, such as labs and x-rays from Quest, West Valley Imaging, and St Rose Hospital, and Desert Springs.
We are working with national pharmaceutical companies to provide medications for our patients. Most of the medications are obtained through patient assistant programs known as PAP. Some of our local pharmacists run our medical dispensary with the help of pharmacy students from USN.
Currently, the services we provide are: adult and pediatric primary care, women’s care, new born checkups and immunizations, basic diagnostic tests and medications. We will be adding prenatal care, dental, mental and vision services. We are developing an extensive group of referral physicians such as, dermatologists and cardiologists. .
Who does VMSN benefit? EVERYONE! The residents of Clark County who are working uninsured or unemployed who are struggling and who are very sick and dying, the students that rotate through the clinic and experience an invaluable community outreach program, the volunteer staff including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc. who enjoy practicing medicine in a stress-free, people friendly environment. You should know that the Volunteers at VMSN regard this opportunity to serve as one of the most satisfying experiences of their lives.
It is up to all of us in Southern Nevada to answer the need of the Southern Nevada's working families. Every person deserves quality health care. 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 the Southern Nevada's working families.
Please visit us on our website at VMSN.org and sign up on our volunteer’s page or call us at 967-0530.
Florence Jameson and all our volunteers at VMSN