Ribbon cutting for new free county medical clinic in Indio

New clinic will offer free medical and dental care for uninsured adults

POSTED: 06:21 AM PST Feb 04, 2013    UPDATED: 08:03 PM PST Feb 03, 2013 
Health Medical Generic
INDIO, Calif. -

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Monday to formally mark the opening of a free county medical clinic in Indio staffed by  volunteers.

      Operated by the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, the clinic at  82-915 Avenue 48 will offer free dental and medical services to uninsured  adults ineligible for county, state or federal government programs.

      An estimated 60,000 people in the Coachella Valley qualify for services  at the clinic, and more than 6,000 visits are expected this year, according to  county Supervisor John Benoit's office.

      The 6,133-square-foot clinic was built with $2.8 million in county  redevelopment funds and is twice the size of the temporary venue it replaces at  81-880 Dr. Carreon Blvd.

      Riverside County entered in a 20-year lease with Volunteers in Medicine  to operate the facility, according to Benoit's office. The clinic's volunteers  include both retirees and people still working in medicine and administration.

      "This building represents an important new chapter in the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine story," said Volunteers in Medicine Executive  Director Bruce Yeager . "The founders, staff, volunteers and patients are  sincerely grateful to the county for providing us with this remarkable  facility. It will serve this community well."

      Supporters of the clinic include JFK Memorial Hospital, Eisenhower  Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center, the Desert Healthcare District,  the city of Indio, Indio Sunrise Rotary and Kaiser Permanente. Donations can be  made at www.cvvim.org.

      This morning's ribbon cutting is set for 11 a.m. Attendees will be  served refreshments and given a tour. Reservations can be made at  edaeventsrivcoeda.org or (951) 955-0757.

      To volunteer or make an appointment, call (760) 342-4414.