The mission of the Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) – Founders Clinic is: Providing Healthcare to the Medically Uninsured in Clackamas County
Our Purpose: The Founders Clinic is a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents of Clackamas County. Located in Oregon City, the Founders Clinic is the only clinic in Clackamas County which offers medical services at no cost to patients.
Our Vision: To become a premiere sustainable model of effective compassionate integrated volunteer-based healthcare by providing–
- Appointment-Based Primary Care: Volunteer primary care physicians and nurse practitioners provide comprehensive services to Clinic patients, including disease prevention and health maintenance. Services include physical exams, care for patients with chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and heart disease, and education for self-care.
- Referrals: Specialized services that cannot be provided onsite are referred to our network of specialty physicians within the region.
- Wellness Education: The Clinic also serves as a health education resource and provides self-care coaching and educational materials for our patients, in addition to screenings and services for local health fairs, nutrition classes, and screenings for chronic conditions. See more about our services.
“The “Culture of Caring” is the heart and soul of every VIM clinic. This approach is based on an ethical standard in medicine acknowledging that how people are treated during a clinic visit is as important as the actual medical care they receive. We believe that people who come to a VIM clinic are our friends and neighbors, good people in need of help. Surviving on limited resources, they often exhibit great courage simply trying to get through each day…
It is VIM’s established belief that those who give care within a ‘Culture of Caring’ experience as much healing as those who receive care. Policies and procedures for implementing and maintaining the “Culture of Caring” are a required component of all Volunteers in Medicine clinics. from Volunteers in Medicine.
Sustainability: The VIM model is designed to operate on a sustainable basis because it is based on extending responsibility for this “culture of caring” into the community. This ‘culture of caring’ means involving all members of the community: large and small employers, health care systems, volunteer physicians and nurses, foundations and corporations, and local citizens, all of whom pledge their support for the Clinic.
Volunteers: Establishing a culture of caring and engaging a network of community partners and volunteers is crucial to our efforts. We seek volunteers with medical or non-medical skills, to help us provide access to health care for uninsured members of our community. Join us to help Clackamas County VIM provide medical care with a heart. Sign up today!
- Provide a medical home for those without insurance or other health-care options, and reserve the ER and Urgent Care Clinics for emergencies.
- Reduce the risk of severe illness and death.
- Reduce the growing cost burden, and provide charity care more efficiently and at less cost than using the ER and Urgent Care
- Allow physicians and nursing staff to focus on healing.
- Provide volunteer opportunities to serve those who cannot afford the most basic healthcare.
- Provide patients with educational materials regarding nutrition and healthy eating habits to combat obesity, and tools to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension.
- Participate in local Health Fairs to provide proactive tips for healthy lifestyles, and screenings for chronic conditions including hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. Offer classes on nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
By providing free primary care and health education to the uninsured population of Clackamas County, the Clinic will stabilize the community by improving the overall health and well-being of its adult workforce members. We will treat ailments before they progress and take their toll physically, emotionally and financially. In many cases, successful outcomes will include helping individuals to gain increased capacity to work and increased quality of life. When low-income individuals can gain control over a critical aspect of their lives, their ability to become more self-sufficient is also enhanced.