LAS VEGAS – Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) announced it received a generous donation from the Ruffin family. The contribution will support construction of the volunteer-driven nonprofit organization’s second Southern Nevada location, expanding VMSN’s mission to provide the uninsured with access to preventative and comprehensive medical care.
Phil and Oleksandra Ruffin presented VMSN with the remaining funds to complete construction of the new medical facility during the Oct. 3 groundbreaking event. To commemorate the Ruffin’s donation, VMSN has announced the new clinic, located on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue, will be named the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada Ruffin Family Clinic.
“It is my heartfelt belief that every great city should be home to a free and charitable medical clinic and now, with the overwhelming generosity of the Ruffin family, our dream of opening a second VMSN clinic has become reality,” said Dr. Florence Jameson, founder of VMSN. “We are honored to have our new clinic bear the Ruffin name as VMSN continues to serve the Southern Nevada community and save lives for years to come.”
Even after recent health care reforms, there are still more than 300,000 uninsured in Nevada. VMSN currently serves as a medical home for more than 2,300 patients, providing approximately 5,000 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, pharmacists, medical personnel and general support staff.
In an effort to expand its reach and serve the needs of more uninsured Nevadans, the organization broke ground on its second clinic in downtown Las Vegas. In addition to making the organization’s services more accessible for the city’s uninsured, the Ruffin Family Clinic will allow VMSN to serve more patients and expand its services to include vision, dental, mental health care and social services.
Additional distinguished guests of honor in attendance at the groundbreaking included Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, Councilman Ricki Barlow and Councilman Bob Coffin.
To learn more about the Ruffin Family 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