Volunteers in Medicine
Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Inc.
The Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Inc. (CCVIM) is part of the Volunteers in Medicine Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting local communities in the building of a network of sustainable, free, primary health care clinics for the working uninsured.
The need for a clinic like CCVIM began in 2004 with our founder, Bette Grey’s personal experience of needing critical care and having no insurance. Wanting to prevent others from being in the same situation, she began three years of meetings and planning to make CCVIM a reality.
On March 29, 2007, through the benevolence of Columbia-Montour Family Health who loaned the clinic space on Market Street in Berwick, the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Inc, officially opened.
In June 2007, the clinic found its new and current home at 310 East Third Street in Mifflinville. Myles Katerman, a local resident, saw an article in the Press-Enterprise newspaper that Bette Grey was starting a local VIM-model clinic. Mr. Katerman, who wintered in Hilton Head, had donated to his friend Dr. McConnell’s original VIM clinic. He began donating monthly rent for the larger building that was needed for the growing demand of uninsured people in our area.