Since 2003, Centre Volunteers in Medicine has been proud to offer quality free health care. With so many struggling families in the area, we are the home for those in need of medical, dental and behavioral health services. As a free primary care clinic, we provide patients the same excellent care they’d receive at a family physician’s or dentist’s office.
Critical to this mission is the volunteer work of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, behavioral health specialists, social workers and a physical therapist. During our 2018-2019 fiscal year, 233 of these health care professionals donated 10,583 hours of free services. In addition to providing medical treatment for 483 individuals during 1,427 visits, 4000 necessary prescriptions were filled for 408 established patients.
Medical Clinic & Medication Assistance Program
Through relationships with other medical professionals in the area, many specialty doctors were able to provide free or discounted services to our patients outside of the CVIM clinic. Similarly, with the help of free services provided by Mt. Nittany Heatlh and Geisinger Health, CVIM was able to offer clinical laboratory tests to our patients.
Other services we offer include:
- Annual Well-Woman Health Examinations
- Behavioral Health Services
- Patient Education
During our 2018-2019 fiscal year, seven volunteer dentists treated 483 patients during 2,335 visits to our clinic. Many other dentists and specialty providers (such as oral surgeons) see our patients in their own offices for no fee or a reduced fee. The most common services provided were:
- Emergency Evaluations
- Tooth Extractions
- Restorative Work
- Dental Hygiene Services
The basic needs of housing, heat, and food are very important to the health of our patients. The case management services we provide are available so that everyone can access services and assistance to help with:
- Completion of Medical Assistance Applications
- Completion of Food Stamp Applications
- Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Marketplace
- Referral to Local Community Agencies and Resources
- Smoking Cessation
- Hearing Aide Assistance
Centre Volunteers in Medicine provides continuity of care for our patients, while keeping them out of crowded emergency departments. We improve their quality of life and health status, and we help them to become healthy, high-functioning contributors to our community. As part of the safety-net of community services in Centre County, we also refer to other agencies and are careful to not duplicate services.
Contact us if you want to find out if you are eligible for care at CVIM.