A Bloomington company made the first of two installments of 35-thousand dollars to a local volunteer medical clinic today. The grant allows the new Volunteers in Medicine clinic to hire a part-time nurse practitioner to see walk in patients.
The two year contribution was made possible by the Baxter International Foundation. Greg Rippberger presented the check on behalf of the company today.
“We’re trying to help enrich the lives of the people, save lives with the drugs that we make and this is a logical extension of expanding health care to people that need it,” said Rippberger. “So not only do we give financially but our employees are volunteers at the clinics as well, so it’s a very natural part of our company to want to be involved in something like this.”
Iva Martin started work on Monday. VIM estimates that by hiring Martin, they will be able to double the number of walk-ins cared for by the clinic.
“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to see a lot more patients and take some of the burden off the emergency room over at the hospital,” said Martin.
It will also increase patient flow since a Nurse Practitioner can perform a wider array of procedures than a RN/LPN.
“We’re giving more people access to have care that they need,” said Martin. “I know that there’s a lot of people who can’t afford health insurance and I know that health care is an expensive commodity so I think it’s great that we have this opportunity for people to come and seek health care when they need it.”