Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic To Open In Palm Bay

FACILITY SPOTLIGHT

Founder’s Society Kick-Off Set For July 3

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA –  Indian River Volunteers in Medicine has a new home for their executive offices and classrooms thanks to Dr. Mitchell Greenberg, Director of Injury Treatment Solutions in Melbourne, Florida.

Dr. Greenberg

Dr. Greenberg recently donated over 2,000 sq. ft. of professional office space to the newly formed Volunteers in Medicine clinic, located at 1747 Evans Road, just west of the Melbourne Square Mall.

“We are simply overwhelmed by the generosity of Dr. Greenberg in providing us with a commercial location as we continue our efforts at organizing the clinic,” said Paul Ringenberger, Indian River Volunteers In Medicine Executive Director.

Ringenberger

Ringenberger said that they are looking very closely at several possibilities in Palm Bay where they plan on locating the clinic to provide primary health care and dental services to the working poor and the uninsured – those who earn too much for indigent care, but not enough to have health insurance. All services will be provided free of charge.

The clinic, scheduled to be open by February of next year, will host a Founder’s Society Kick-Off on Saturday, July 3 at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club with a goal to secure 500 founders each donating $500 to the clinic.

“Dr. Greenberg not only has donated the office space, he has also pledged the first $500 for the Founders Society,” said Ringenberger.

National Organization

Volunteers in Medicine is a highly respected national organization with 77 clinics nationwide, and with four clinics currently operating in Florida. A fifth clinic is set to open in Fort Pierce, and  Brevard organizers hope to be the sixth clinic in the state when they open early next year.

Dr. Jack McConnell

The Brevard clinic has attracted many volunteer health care professionals who are inspired by its philosophy of a “Culture of Caring,” created by Volunteers in Medicine founder, Dr. Jack McConnell. Among those making this happen, and serving on the Board of Directors, are Lorane Smith and Dr. Gene List.

“Personally, IRVIM offers me an opportunity to give back to a needy community through helping care for the dental needs in Brevard County,” said Dr. List, a retired dentist residing in Baytree.

Smith also joined Team IRVIM for similar reasons. “I believe in giving back and deeply believe that with prayers and persistence that with IRVIM we will be very successful and hope others will join our effort,” she said.

“We’ve been thrilled with the support and encouragement from local government, hospitals and healthcare providers,” said Ringenberger. “We are now concentrating on our Founder’s Society that will provide the start up funding necessary to begin clinic operations.”

Family Operation

Ringenberger’s wife, Era Singer, grew up in Brevard and attended Titusville High School. After earning an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a Masters Degree at the University of South Florida, Singer has returned to Brevard to put her 30 years of experience in grant writing, fund raising and public relations to work helping the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

Singer

“This project presented a great opportunity for us to return to Brevard and work together on a volunteer clinic for the working poor and uninsured,” said Singer.

Singer’s sister, Doris Littlefield, is also no stranger to the Brevard healthcare scene having worked many years as a nurse at then Jess Parrish Hospital, and also taught nursing at Brevard Community College.

The group’s Medical Advisor is Dr. Barry Kronman who has practiced for many years in Indialantic, and though semi-retired, still volunteers his services at the Brevard Health Alliance.

For more information contact Ringenberger at 321-567-4237, or e-mail info@indianrivervolunteersinmedicine.org

  • Maryann

    I am in need of free dental care. Can someone help me?

  • Anonymous

    Try Brevard Community College in Cocoa.  They have a dental clinic.