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 thirteen 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 specialist volunteering their time at LVIM or in their offices in the areas of asthma, cardiology, chiropractic, ophthalmology, pediatrics, dermatology, ENT, GI, dental clinic, orthopedics, ophthalmology, pediatrics, physical therapy, podiatry, general surgery, vascular consults and women’s health. LVIM leverages every available community resource to provide vital tests or procedures LVIM patients need.