When passion, beliefs and expertise intersect with community need, positive,
sustainable results occur. CVIM was born of these passions and beliefs 16 years ago
when hospital and community leaders in Chester County came together to affect
change in the delivery of healthcare to uninsured adults and children. Today, CVIM is
a growing and vibrant assembly of volunteer clinicians, supported by a core staff and
administrative volunteers and a host of community partners and donors. Together we
mobilize to bring free medical and dental care, prescription medications and social
services to our patients. Together WEARECVIM — the healthcare safety net for
thousands of patients in Chester County.
Our free clinic serves the healthcare needs of a growing population of families often
living on the brink of disaster—personal, economic and health-wise—even in this
wealthy county. While we treat patients who are living at or below 300% of the Federal
Poverty Level, approximately half of our patients live on annual incomes that place
them at 100% to 200% of the poverty level. Even more alarming is that 30% of our
patients somehow exist below the poverty level. They cobble together enough to
cover the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, but this leaves nothing in reserve
for health insurance or emergencies. They are CVIM — the working poor, the
disenfranchised, the fiercely proud and invisible among us who strive every day for self-sufficiency.
Our Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available on our website along with annual reports from 2013, 2012 and 2011 as well.