CVIM’s Ongoing Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
CVIM Services Are More Essential Now Than Ever
In these extraordinary times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, patients of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) are among the most vulnerable. During this unprecedented pandemic, our community healthcare center is open and serving the healthcare needs of patients of the Chester County Region in new and creative ways. And when our patients face frightening medical symptoms, we secure appropriate testing and treatment, while offering expert clinical advice and emotional support.
CVIM has partnered with the Chester County Department of Health to obtain the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for our patients. To find a vaccination site near you, please visit https://www.chesco.org/4822/COVID19Vaccine or contact your local pharmacy.
CVIM’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Includes
Providing free medical care via innovative telehealth and careful onsite visits.
Educating patients about the coronavirus and safety protocols.
Providing access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.
Continuing to vaccinate our vulnerable patient population and eligible community members when doses are available.
Prioritizing behavioral health services during stressful times.
Dispensing life-sustaining medications to keep patients healthy.
Performing dental procedures with additional safety protocols and equipment.
Early in the pandemic, the CVIM healthcare volunteer corps – nearly 500 strong – was asked to stay home, stay safe, and help flatten the curve. Most routine patient care was delayed. The core staff provided essential services only and relied almost exclusively on telehealth to treat patients. Since then, we have gradually brought volunteers and patients back into the CVIM Healthcare Center, with major adjustments to the timing and spacing of medical and dental appointments, some facility and equipment upgrades, and new sanitizing protocols. Telehealth continues as a primary mode of care, with onsite visits prioritized based on patient needs.
We know the community need will grow and change as we all navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. CVIM has served the community with access to free healthcare for 22 years, and we will maintain our health safety net role throughout this crisis and beyond.