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Volunteers in Medicine Awarded $30,000 by Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation
Published on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 (10:35 a.m.)LAS VEGAS – (July 18, 2014) Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) recently announced it received a generous donation of $30,000 from the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation. The donation will support the volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the uninsured with access to preventative and comprehensive medical care.
The Keyser Foundation is a charitable organization based out of Reno, Nevada. VMSN will use $15,000 of the grant money to fund equipment needs at its Paradise Park clinic located at 4770 Harrison Drive in Las Vegas. The remainder of the grant will be used to support the nonprofit’s general operating costs.
“Volunteers in Medicine is extremely grateful for this charitable donation. Without the support of generous donors such as the Keyser Foundation, we would not be able to carry out our mission of providing much needed health care for the uninsured in Nevada” said Dr. Florence Jameson, founder and president of VMSN. “Thanks to our generous donors and dedicated volunteers, we are saving lives every day and reducing medical emergencies and needless suffering by successfully treating men, women and children in our community without access to health care.”
Even after recent health care reforms, there are still more than 300,000 uninsured in Nevada. VMSN serves as a medical home for 2,300 patients, providing approximately 5,500 patient visits annually. Each year the organization raises $1 million and delivers the equivalent of almost $4 million in free medical care to Nevadans. This is made possible by VMSN’s growing volunteer workforce of more than 450 physicians, nurses, medical personnel and general support staff.
“Our greatest assets are our volunteers who orchestrate a symphony of care and kindness for thousands of individuals, young and old,” said Jameson.
In the effort to expand its reach and serve the needs of more uninsured Nevadans, the organization will soon begin construction on a second clinic in downtown Las Vegas. In addition to making the organization’s services more accessible for the city’s uninsured, a clinic downtown will allow VMSN to serve more patients and expand its services to include vision, dental and mental health care. The new clinic will be located on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue.
To learn more about the downtown clinic and find out how you can volunteer or donate visit, www.vmsn.org.
About Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find a way to provide access to health care to Southern Nevada’s working citizens. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare and support, in a culture of caring, to those residents without access in Southern Nevada. VMSN provides preventative health care in order to care for the neglected and unseen members of the community. It also helps prevent acute hospitalization, reducing hospital cost and decreasing taxpayer burdens. Learn more: www.vmsn.org