State grants will also cover expanded services in Wilkes-Barre clinic

Last updated: April 22. 2014 12:10PM - 1355 Views
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Volunteers in Medicine will open a new free clinic in Scranton and expand services in Wilkes-Barre thanks to two grants from the state Department of Health.

“We knew there was an absolute need for free health care in Lackawanna County,” said Kelly Ranieli, executive director of Volunteers in Medicine in Wilkes-Barre.

“We were doing research for some time. So when the notice came out (about about the grant availability) from the Department of Health, it seemed like the perfect opportunity,” Ranieli said.

VIM applied to the department’s Community-Based Health Care Grant Program and was awarded $500,000 to open the new clinic and $185,450 to expand services in Wilkes-Barre.

The VIM Clinic in Lackawanna County is being established in collaboration with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and will be located at 640 Madison Ave., Scranton. Services will be provided by The Wright Center’s medical residents and volunteer healthcare providers.

The goal of the VIM staff is to have a soft opening of the Madison Avenue clinic on May 1.

The mission of VIM is to offer free primary and preventative care to working individuals with an income of 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines or less and have no access to affordable health insurance or medical care.

Read a complete story in The Times Leader on Wednesday.

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