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As the economy of Lebanon County began to decline as a result of the recent recession, it became clear than more and more Lebanon County residents had nowhere to go for basic medical services. The emergency department at Good Samaritan reported an increased number of visits, many of which were individuals that had recently lost their jobs, and therefore their basic healthcare coverage as well. These conditions, coupled with genuine care for the health and well-being of the community, led to earnest discussion about the need for a free health clinic in Lebanon.
In December 2008 the organization created a board of directors, an organizing committee and promptly incorporated the clinic as a non-profit organization. A vacant medical clinic on South 8th Street, owned by the Good Samaritan Health System, was selected and secured for at least five years.
After reviewing numerous models, the highly successful Volunteers in Medicine group model was chosen as the best model to meet the needs of the uninsured and underinsured in Lebanon County.
June 1, 2009 the clinic brought their plans to the public during an open forum meeting. This meeting drew over 200 participants, including health care providers, business owners educators and concerned residents. The attendees learned about the inception of the VIM model as a simple concept of volunteer health care professionals providing care to the uninsured. They heard about the VIM founder, a retired family physician Jack McConnell MD, his first clinic in Hilton Head South Carolina and the nationwide success of the Volunteers in Medicine program.
Based upon the overwhelming community support, Bob Phillips, the chair of the free clinic, and the elected organizing committee, quickly took to recruiting volunteers from all backgrounds to work together to bring this clinic to fruition.
These dedicated, community volunteers have worked tirelessly to build the Volunteers in Medicine Free Health Clinic. Hours have been spent working on numerous tasks from form creation, to building renovation, volunteer recruitment to supply procurement all to enable Lebanon County residents to have access to free health care.