LAS VEGAS – Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the uninsured with access to preventative and comprehensive medical care, announced $10,000 dollars in grant donations from the American Medical Association Foundation (AMA Foundation).
The AMA Foundation is committed to improving the health of Americans by increasing support for public health programs, including grants for free clinics, health education projects and health literacy tools.
The AMA Foundation grant will benefit VMSN’s comprehensive Diabetes Prevention, Treatment and Education Program. VMSN screens and monitors diabetic patients to decrease risk factors and improve treatment outcomes. Additionally, VMSN’s diabetes program incorporates an intensive hands-on educational component, which encourages patients to take ownership of their disease and play a more active part in their own health care. Since starting the program in 2011, VMSN has seen significant improvements in the overall health of its diabetic patients.
VMSN’s diabetes program will rely on support from a number of volunteer professional staff, with a strong need for the assistance of registered nurses. VMSN has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) to volunteer nurses as a means to assist them in their professional growth, as well as improve upon the quality of care for patients through this expanded knowledge. This CEU program will be offered to the nursing community at large, as a method of recruiting and retaining clinic support in the delivery of health care.
“VMSN prides itself on bringing health care solutions to all of our patients in a caring and encouraging environment,” said VMSN founder Dr. Florence Jameson. “Thanks to the generosity of partners like the AMA Foundation, our diabetes program will empower more patients to improve their quality of life and help provide valuable experience for professionals in our medical community.”
In 2012, VMSN saw more than 2,600 patients and managed more than 5,700 patient visits at its Paradise Park clinic. During that time, VMSN provided approximately $4 million in health care, using $1 million in donations.
In addition to VMSN’s current clinical operations, the organization’s goal is to develop and sustain multiple clinic sites with expanded services including mental health care, dental care and vision care. VMSN is in the midst of a comprehensive fundraising effort titled “The Florence Nightingale Capital Campaign” to open a downtown flagship clinic. The proposed site for the clinic is at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue on 1.34 acres of donated land and will provide 30,000 patient visits per year without limits or restrictions.
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 the working uninsured and unemployed residents 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