AUDIO: New Free Clinic Will Be In Dearborn County; Exact Location To Be Revealed Wednesday
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A new free medical clinic serving southeastern Indiana will reveal its location Wednesday, December 6.
The Volunteers in Medicine of Dearborn, Ohio & Switzerland Counties is a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing no-cost, quality medical care to under-served residents. According to the 2017 County Health Rankings Report, there are about 6,500 uninsured residents in those three counties.
In October, VIMDOS announced Dearborn County Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Lynn Eiler will serve as the organization’s executive medical director.
“Eventually, we hope to expand to ophthalmologic services and dentistry services. Initially it will be primary care physician services: family medicine, pediatric medicine, internal medicine,” Eiler said on Eagle Country 99.3 Wednesday morning.
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Eiler says he’s been working in medicine locally for nearly four decades. Over the years, he has seen many patients who cannot afford insurance or healthcare.
“In order to help those people and in order to make our health care a more complete system, I felt like it was important that we proceed with this,” Eiler.
The doctor credits a team of 15 people led by local nurse Michelle Wilhelm for their work to make the free clinic a reality.
The clinic will hold a community reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ivy Tech Community College, 50 Walnut Street, in Lawrenceburg. Local organizers, as well as the National Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director and the Director of Clinical Development, plan to announce the location of VIMDOS’ office.
“The clinic will be in Dearborn County. The exact location will be revealed this evening at our event,” said Eiler.
Attendees are asked to register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-community-reception-tickets-38994857669?ref=ebtnebregn.
Sasha Bianchi, executive director of the Volunteers in Medicine nationally, said the clinic will be set up to last.
“We use a very specific process for this that will set the community up for a sustainable clinic. That includes involving many different sectors of the community, so that the clinic when it opens is really owned by the community and there’s a lot off buy-in there – a lot of people who are vested interest in the success of the clinic,” said Biachi.
To receive free medical care, patients of the VIMDOS clinic must earn less than 275 percent of the federal poverty level and have no health insurance.
Medical professionals interested in volunteering with VIMDOS can find out how to help at www.vimdosclinic.org. Donors may also make monetary contributions there.