Current news and updates regarding the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Community.

Friday Fest In Bartow

Come out to this week’s Friday Fest in downtown Bartow and get your picture in the swan boat, learn more about LVIM and help us promote the 2018 Lakeland Derby!

Talk Derby To Me!

What Leaders team will you be supporting this year?

We will be kicking off their 2018 fundraising efforts at this event.

This is a great way to show them your support and enjoy a beautiful evening out at the Red Door.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Jack McConnell, Volunteers in Medicine Founder

The Board, staff and community of Volunteers in Medicine mourn the death of our founder, Dr. Jack McConnell, who passed away on February 6. Dr. McConnell was a tireless advocate for the uninsured and undeserved. He was a resolute in his belief that everyone deserves access to compassionate, quality health care.

He recognized that bringing community together to care for its neighbors improves not only health of those who receive the care, but also the well-being and fulfillment of the care givers. He believed that people’s talents should be harnessed as they age, not wasted.

As a result of Dr. McConnell’s vision, there are now 89 Volunteers in Medicine free health care clinics in 28 states throughout the country. Hundreds of thousands of people who were previously without a regular source of health care have been treated. Tens of thousands of volunteers have experienced the joy of serving.

We join all who knew Dr. McConnell to celebrate his extraordinary achievements. We vow to honor his profound legacy by continuing our pursuit of health care access for all.


Not Accepting New Patients

We are not accepting new patients at this time. We are working hard to clear the books and open the schedules. Check back for updates and openings.

The Ledger: ‘Something he has to do’: Lakeland surgeon served twice this year at nonprofit emergency field hospital in Iraq

Dr. Glen Barden by The Ledger

Read the great article from The Ledger here

2018 Lakeland Derby

We are excited about the planning of the 2018 Lakeland Derby. We are working hard to make sure the 11th annual Derby is the best one yet. Make sure to mark your calendars now for Friday, April 27, 2018 5:30-9:30pm for this family friendly, FREE, community event!