The (Tampa Bay) Lightning Foundation is now taking nominations for their Hero Award. The winner receives $50,000! Our own Dr. Barden won this award 2 years ago and donated his $50,000 to LVIM.
If you have any suggestions on who LVIM should nominate for this award, please email Claudia at or Sonia at

Click the link below is more information about the Hero Award.

CALL 863-688-5846 FOR


Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) began as a dream of various community leaders and organizations in 1999. Led primarily by various Watson Clinic physicians and the Watson Clinic Foundation, Lakeland came together to find ways to meet the healthcare challenges of the working uninsured in Lakeland. In 2000, a fundraising campaign was launched, which resulted in the dream becoming a reality in the old John Cox Grammar School on Lakeland Hills Boulevard.

Now 14 years later, LVIM’s vision is, “A healthier Polk County through improved access to free, high quality outpatient healthcare for the working uninsured.”

The mission of the medical and community volunteers at LVIM is to provide free, high quality outpatients medical, dental and mental health services to the working uninsured of Polk County in a compassionate environment.  All patients are treated with dignity and respect they deserve while receiving quality healthcare and medicine they need to continue being productive community members. LVIM also helps to reduce inappropriate emergency room visits and strives for a healthier community by providing services the working uninsured would struggle to attain elsewhere.

In addition to Primary Care, LVIM has many specialists volunteering their time at LVIM or in their offices, in the areas of Asthma, Cardiology, Chiropractic, Pediatrics, Dermatology, ENT, GI, Dental, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Optometry, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, General Surgery, Vascular, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Women’s Health. In addition, LVIM leverages every available community resource to provide vital tests or procedures that LVIM patients may need.

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