“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” These words were spoken by Leo Rosten, author, and they are the premise on which CVIM was created in 1997. CVIM’s journey toward making a difference began purposefully nearly 15 years ago with only a skeleton staff, a handful of volunteers, and a small closet of supplies and prescription medications. The early years were generously nurtured by true philanthropists and dedicated healthcare partners who instinctively knew there must be a better way to bring medical and dental services to the poor and uninsured.
They did not realize it then, but what they deemed as an efficient solution to a growing problem, today is considered by many experts as the right way to deliver healthcare – a medical home. It is a comprehensive approach to managing health, preventing disease, and reducing the use of expensive healthcare resources. In 2013 CVIM enters its 15th year of providing healthcare, hope and healing to the uninsured throughout Chester County, and in the FY2012 Annual Report, it is clear how needed the clinic’s services continue to be. Below are some highlights from CVIM’s FY2012 Annual Report.
- The governing Board members, 100% of whom support CVIM philanthropically, are volunteers, and each serve on committees, help to organize fundraising events, and often serve in a variety of roles in the clinic.
- Dental professionals restored the mouths of 820 children, including 331 in the clinic and 489 in community outreach programs.
- The clinic saw 26,000 patient visits during FY2012. Of those visits, 36% were for medical, 28% were for the dispensary, and 20% were for dental.
- CVIM saw a 10% increase in free pharmaceutical prescriptions provided through the dispensary between 2011 and 2012.