The Lake Saint Louis Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic received a $10,000 Operation Round Up grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust to provide medications for patients who require prescription assistance.
“Numerous individuals and families are living without health care coverage in our communities due to the downturn in our economy. A majority of our patients are employed, working in entry level positions that provide no health care coverage or prescription benefits,” says VIM Clinic Founder and President Dr. Maimuna Baig. “They are extremely grateful to receive high quality medical care and an opportunity to keep their medical problems under control by being provided necessary medications.”
“Prescriptions cost us between $2,000 and $3,000 each month,” says Executive Director Christine Kamp. “To date prescription costs have comprised 63 percent of our patient care costs. Even with Prescription Assistance Programs and discount cards, many of our patients cannot afford the medicines they need and would go without if we could not help them.”
The clinic relies solely on contributions and gifts to meet the needs of the people it serves, and is staffed by a team of health care volunteers, which includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and clerks. In addition to general practice physicians, the team has specialists in the area of cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, diabetes, nutrition, and has recently added mental health counselors.
The vision for the clinic came from Dr. Baig who felt it was time to give back to her community. “I felt it was time for me to give back to the community in a substantial way,” says Dr. Baig. “A large portion of our community is excluded from basic healthcare services and I wanted to change this.” With assistance from Drew Rector, former President of SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, and others in the area, the VIM Clinic has provided medical service to more than 1,000 patients since opening August of 2010.
The VIM Clinic is a nonprofit clinic that provides primary health care to uninsured adult residents of St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Montgomery counties. The volunteer run clinic in Lake Saint Louis is one of four VIM facilities in Missouri, joining clinics in Hannibal, St. Charles and West County. The clinic, located in the First Bank Building at 10714 Veterans Memorial Parkway, is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about the clinic visit www.vimlsl.org or call 636.561.3133 to schedule an appointment.
Cuivre River funds are made available through Operation Round Up and administered by the seven member volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board. These funds help support individuals, families and organizations within the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative service area. The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, youth, education, home weatherization, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources. More than $4 million has been awarded to applicants since the Operation Round Up program began in 1997.
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative provides electricity to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on Operation Round Up and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit www.cuivre.com or call 800-392-3709.