Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is a nonprofit clinic in Bend that provides free medical care to low-income, uninsured adults from working families in Central Oregon. Top diagnoses include diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. One pre-diabetic patient shared, “I was referred to the Diabetes Education class. I learned to eat a balanced and healthy diet with special attention to my intake of carbohydrates. Since becoming a patient at VIM, I am living a healthier lifestyle. I would not be able to afford medical care otherwise.”
VIM serves over 950 patients annually and is the only clinic in Central Oregon that cares exclusively for the uninsured without charge. Patients receive primary and specialty medical care, prescription medications, mental health care, surgery, physical therapy, lab work, imaging and medical tests, and targeted patient education programs. All care is provided through medical and support volunteers and an extensive community network including 171 off-site medical partners that saw 603 VIM patients in 2021-2022 upon referral. With your help we will improve the health and wellness of the medically uninsured or critically underserved through the engagement of professionals, community partners, and dedicated volunteers!