Volunteers in Medicine gets $40K donation for pharmacy

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 18, 2013 

Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island announced plans to expand its pharmacy Wednesday, thanks to a $40,000 anonymous donation.

The renovation will allow VIM to more efficiently manage a pharmacy that 20 years ago filled about 2,000 prescriptions annually but last year filled more than 23,000, said Linda S. Bloom, VIM director of development.

The new pharmacy will provide more space for doctors, nurses, pharmacy interns and volunteers, Bloom said.

Dr. Lisa Drakeman, chairwoman of VIM's board of directors, said the gift allows the clinic to take "a big leap forward" in offering better service to "sick and chronically ill patients, particularly those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses."

Renovations also will include expanded areas for receiving donated medications, for storage and for shelving bulk and discount-purchased medications, as well as an additional refrigeration area, according to a news release.

Many medications, except narcotics, are provided to VIM's patients at little or no cost, said Dr. Raymond Cox, executive director.

The clinic, at 15 Northridge Drive, provides medical, dental and mental-health services to low-income people who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie islands and cannot afford care on their own.

Details: Call 843-689-6612 or go to www.vimclinic.org.

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