Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc. (VIM Chattanooga) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) primary care clinic. Volunteer physicians and nurses provide free medical services to financially eligible adults who are uninsured.
The mission of the VIM Chattanooga Clinic is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved in our community by providing quality, compassionate and personalized care in a faith-based caring environment.
What We Do
Our patient population bears the brunt of poverty, chronic diseases, and education inequities resulting in poor health, poor nutrition, unemployment, and a lack access to healthcare. The Clinic seeks to address these inequities by removing the barrier to healthcare access by acting as a medical home and providing excellent care at no charge to low income, uninsured patients.
In addition to primary care, Volunteers in Medicine Chattanooga offers cardiology, gynecology, gastroenterology, podiatry, optometry, X-Rays, emergency dental services, dietary counseling, lab services, physical therapy, chaplaincy program, medication assistance and a children's reading room.
Our patients are adults ages 19-64, with household incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, that are completely uninsured (no private medical insurance, Tenn Care/Medicaid, Medicare, ACA Coverage, or Workers Compensation) are accepted into our clinic and set up with a physician within 14 days. Our patient demographics are 65% Caucasian, 35% minorities, with 63% being female. 45% of patients are in their mid 50s to early 60s. They live in the Greater Chattanooga area, including North Georgia. They have primarily worked their entire adult lives but have been downsized or retired without insurance.