STAFFORD - People without health insurance have a compassionate place to turn for help. Coastal Volunteers in medicine is a volunteer organization that provides care for those who cannot afford insurance. Coastal Volunteers in Medicine is located in Barnegat Township at 249 South Main St. (Route 9) in Suite 8.
CVIM is a free, non-urgent family health center treating patients without medical insurance who live in Southern Ocean County and who have a family income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
Services include primary and ongoing care; physicals and health screenings; women’s and family care; diabetes and other chronic disease management; diagnostic testing; hypertension clinic; prescription assistance; social service referrals; and health education.
All of the doctors, nurses and other staff members are volunteers. The group has approximately 70 total volunteers.
Kimberly A. Hogan, M.D., a family practitioner is the CVIM medical director. They have treated almost 400 patients in the last few years from Southern Ocean County.
CVIM's website states that their organization helps the community by:
- Addressing the health needs of persons excluded from the healthcare system beyond their physical illnesses.
- Relieving hard-working healthcare providers (individuals and organizations) of their non-paying patients.
- Relieving individuals and families of having to choose between paying for medication vs paying for food.
- Addressing primary healthcare needs where they belong: in a Family Care setting--instead of in an Emergency Room.
- Preventing the development of full-blown emergent health conditions by addressing health problems at their onset.
- Increasing health and wellness to a substantial part of the workforce.
- Building a sense of community and caring that transcends barriers and delivers a sense of joy and value to those who serve.
Because it is a nonprofit organization, Coastal VIM relies on donations and grants to cover an annual operating budget of under $100,000. Major partners and supporters include Seaview Orthopedic, BioReference Laboratories and OceanFirst Bank.
The group can always use donations, they have a Go Fund Me page. Their website for more information is http://www.coastalvim.org.
You can also find information about the organization by searching for their Facebook page.
Coastal Volunteers in Medicine is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. People wanting to make an appointment may call 609-384-0102.