LAS VEGAS – Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) hosted its Sixth Annual Medicine Ball on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Ballroom at The Venetian |The Palazzo Las Vegas. A volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the uninsured with access to preventative and comprehensive medical care, VMSN utilizes much-needed funds raised during the event to support its day-to-day operations.
More than 600 supporters and community members attended the event that honored the life and career of Rod A. Davis, current senior vice president of operations at Dignity Health Nevada and former president and CEO of the St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus. Davis was recognized for his dedication to improving quality of care and increasing access to health care for Southern Nevadans.
“The Medicine Ball is truly a magical event. This night gives our organization an opportunity to show our appreciation to the generous donors and supporters who make our mission of providing free medical care for Southern Nevadans possible,” said Dr. Florence Jameson, president and founder of VMSN. “I also am proud to announce that with your help we have begun construction on the Volunteers in Medicine Ruffin Family Clinic, our flagship clinic in downtown Las Vegas.”
In addition to making the organization’s services more accessible for the city’s uninsured, the downtown clinic will allow VMSN to serve more patients and expand its services to include vision, dental and mental health care. The Volunteers in Medicine Ruffin Family Clinic will be located on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue. The event was hosted by Jameson and featured Sue Manteris and Kendall Tenney as co-emcees. Human Nature, Australia’s top selling pop group thrilled the crowd with their classic Motown sounds. Guests were also treated to performances by two-time Emmy award-winning comedian Louie Anderson and magician Tim Gabrielson.
All proceeds raised during the Sixth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball will support VMSN’s operations in Southern Nevada. VMSN provides approximately 6,000 patient visits each year and serves as the medical home for more than 2,300 Southern Nevadans.
Through the generosity of volunteers and community partners, VMSN is able to deliver close to $4 million in health care every year with a budget of approximately $1 million. Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, approximately 330,000 Nevadans remain without access to health care coverage. For more information on VMSN, 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 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