We don’t just treat people as patients, we treat them as our neighbors. We try to heal them, but more importantly we try to hear and understand them. We are Volunteers In Medicine. And together we heal.

The History of Volunteers in Medicine America

Volunteers in Medicine America (VIM America) began in Hilton Head, South Carolina. In the early 1990s, one out of three people who lived on Hilton Head Island had no access to health care, a rate twice the national average. At the same time, retired medical personnel including physicians, nurses, and dentists expressed an interest in finding a way to continue practicing their profession on a voluntary, part-time basis to help those without access to medical care.

In 1994, under the leadership of founder Dr. Jack McConnell, these two groups were brought together to open the first VIM clinic. Word spread nationally about the success of the Hilton Head VIM clinic. In response to requests for assistance in replicating the VIM Model, Dr. McConnell created a separate nonprofit to assist interested communities in launching their own VIM clinic. Today, this organization is known as Volunteers in Medicine America.

For two decades, VIM America has assisted local communities and built a national network of free health care clinics to care for the uninsured and medically underserved. This network is known as the Volunteers in Medicine network. VIM America has withstood many changes in the health care landscape. Recognizing that free clinics continue to hold a distinctive place in the health care safety net, in 2018 the national office made a strategic decision to expand the Volunteers in Medicine network to include established free clinics that are aligned with the VIM Model. Established clinics that join the network are referred to as expansion sites.

Expert VIM America staff provide individualized assistance to developing free clinics and established sites that wish to join the network. For both groups, the emphasis is on upholding the VIM Model. Developing sites receive guidance through each phase of the clinic development process, from the initial feasibility study through the opening of the clinic. Expansion sites that are aligned with the VIM Model receive assistance and educational resources to assist them in joining the Volunteers in Medicine network.

“There is a spirit at Volunteers in Medicine that I have only felt at other VIM clinics. We are all connected by a cause and a belief that no one should have to do without basic healthcare and that a little effort by each of us can make the world a better place for so many.”

Dr. Helmer, volunteer at VIM of Cape May County and the Parker Family Health Center

The Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Model promotes a "Circle of Caring"

Being inclusive and welcoming to all is the foundation of the VIM Model. The Circle of Caring” recognizes the strengths of those in need and respects their dignity. It prompts the idea that the manner in which people are treated during a visit to a VIM clinic is as important as the medical care they receive. Perhaps most importantly, it recognizes that those providing care are also receiving care from those they serve. It is encapsulated in the Volunteers in Medicine Vision Statement:


May we have eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded,
Open arms and hearts to reach out and include them,
Healing hands to touch their lives with love,
And in the process, heal ourselves.

Volunteers in Medicine clinics are the result of community-directed initiatives. To thrive and succeed, a VIM clinic needs to be woven into the fabric of the community.

Each VIM clinic is community-owned and supported, providing many benefits to its members:

  • VIM clinics provide primary care services to the medically underserved and their families
  • Hospitals benefit from a decrease in non-urgent care for patients visiting their emergency rooms and unnecessary admissions related to untreated chronic conditions
  • Medical volunteers are able to practice pure medicine without the business of medicine
  • Non-medical and community volunteers are able to support their neighbors in a nurturing, supportive environment
    Patients are treated as friends and neighbors, not as diseases or numbers

Steve McConnell



Todd Sagin



John McGinty



John Richardson



Elizabeth Howell



Scott Hauge



Marucci Guzman



Louis Weinstein



Amy Garcia



Kat Mastrangelo



Barbara Walker



Barbara Blackmond



Todd Welki

Todd Welki

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Susan Smith, CPA

Susan Smith, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Meredith Schanda, FNP-BC

Meredith Schanda, FNP-BC

Telehealth Advisor

Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy

Mobile Health Specialist

Donna V.S. Ortega

Donna V.S. Ortega

Grant Writer

Dea Smith

Dea Smith

Director of Affiliated Clinic Services

Rita McCurdy

Rita McCurdy

Clinic Development Manager

Dr. Ray Cox

VIM Hilton Head

Kat Mastrangelo

VIM of the Cascades

DeLeesa Meashintubby

VIM Lane County

Jackie Meiluta

VIM of Southern New Jersey

Amanda Missey

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

Ilana Steinhauer

VIM Berkshires

Maureen Tomoschuk

Community VIM

Pam Toney

Greater Bluffton Jackson County VIM

Paul Tyrer

Southeast Indiana Health Center

Dr. Rob Thomas

VIM Jacksonville


VIM America 2019 Audited Financial Statement
VIM America 2018 & 2017 Audited Financial Statements
VIM America 2018 Form 990
VIM America 2017 Form 990