Coastal Volunteers in Medicine Fall Gala at Greenbriar Oceanaire

By Maria Scandale | Sep 18, 2019

Waretown — Coastal Volunteers in Medicine’s annual Fall Gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, at Greenbriar Oceanaire Country Club in Waretown, at 6 p.m. All who want to support the organization will enjoy a seated dinner, drinks and dancing.The Brass Tacks Orchestra, a 17-piece show band, will set the musical mood.

Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased at https://coastalvim.org/fundraisers/.

A raffle, basket auction and silent auction will be offered. Dress is cocktail attire.

About CVIM

Serving Health Needs

CVIM is a nonprofit whose primary mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, medically underserved population and their households living in Southern Ocean County. CVIM provides free primary healthcare and mental healthcare services using volunteer clinicians as care providers. Some local physicians have an agreement with CVIM to serve the cause by treating patients pro bono.

Patrons’ support will enable CVIM to continue the work it began in 2013. CVIM does not receive any government funding; all funding comes from private donations and small grants. There is a small staff to support the needs of the organization.

“Since its inception, over 800 patients have been served. These are people who earn too much to receive Medicaid, yet do not earn enough for health insurance,” said Barbara Truncellito, media liaison for CVIM.

The clinic is not a walk-in facility. Patients must call for an appointment.

Many life-altering situations, such as loss of a job, can lead a patient to a free clinic, said Truncellito.

“One patient, Andrea, is in her mid-50s. She lived in Florida but moved to New Jersey to live with her mother. Due to her failing health, she can only manage part-time work. Therefore, she can’t afford healthcare. She’s not old enough for Medicare. She falls into a ‘doughnut hole’ of despair.”

The woman’s mother convinced her to make an appointment at Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. The clinicians were able to see her relatively quickly. She was diagnosed by CVIM clinicians and sent to Deborah Heart and Lung Center, where she received the medications and care she needed.

The follow-up by the CVIM staff was so caring and professional, the patient said, that it is a big part of her recovery.

Those involved say there are patients who know their lives were saved because of early detection of medical issues, such as heart disease; they were corrected, where otherwise the patient’s illness would have progressed and perhaps resulted in fatality.

The website to learn more is coastalvim.org.  —M.S.

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