Meeting the needs of our patients

Patient gets a double knee replacement with the help of Volunteers In Medicine.

Ed Patterson says he doesn’t like to be the center of attention. And he’s not that fond of being interviewed. But when it comes to talking about VIM, he readily speaks up.

“If VIM wasn’t here I’d be running up a huge medical bill at some Urgent Care,” he says. “Here you get exceptional care. People are really concerned about your health and well-being. It’s a great place to be.”

Ed’s been a patient at VIM for 15 years, ever since it was recommended to him by the physician he was seeing then. He’s been a patient ever since. He’s had CAT scans done through VIM, received medications through the Charitable Pharmacy. Soon he’ll be having a double knee replacement, courtesy of PeaceHealth’s Bridge Assistance Program and VIM’s external referral program.

Ed lives in Leaburg, on the McKenzie River, and is grateful his home didn’t burn in the recent wildfire.  He lost power for two weeks, and had to live elsewhere, but he knows others had it much worse. Still, it makes him appreciate for what he does have – dependable health care.

“I consider VIM my primary care,” he says. “Here, they go the extra mile.”