Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) is a volunteer-run medical clinic that provides free quality medical care to the working uninsured of Polk County.
LVIM began as a dream of various community leaders and organizations in 1999. Led primarily by Watson Clinic physicians and the Watson Clinic Foundation, Lakeland came together to find ways to meet the healthcare challenges that resulted in the dreams becoming a reality in the old John Cox Grammar School on Lakeland Hills Boulevard. LVIM is now an independent nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors.
Patients receive doctors’ visits, lab diagnostics lab tests, ultrasound scan and x-rays. More extensive diagnostics, such as CT’s and MRI’s, are also available through a network of participating ancillary providers who volunteer their facilities, staff and professional time at no charge to LVIM or the patients.
Additionally, LVIM operates a full service pharmacy, funded by United Way of Central Florida, filling approximately 30,000 prescriptions a year.
The Prescription Assistance Program within LVIM secures almost $3 million of brand name prescriptions for patients at no charge.