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 15 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 outpatient medical, dental and mental health care to the working uninsured of Polk County in a compassionate manner. 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, 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.