Volunteers in Medicine

established in 2002

Our History

Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville, Inc. was established in 2002 by co-founders James Burt, MD and Dottie Dorion, RN, MS and opened its doors for patients in September 2003 — one of 94 Volunteers in Medicine clinics across the United States. All Volunteers in Medicine clinics are free clinics, but not all are dedicated to treating the working poor.

The Jacksonville clinic is at the corner of Ocean St. and Duval St. in the old Paulus Music Store. The building was rehabilitated to a clinic shortly after incorporation through private donations and volunteer craftsmen. Ms. Dorion and Dr. Burt’s reason for starting the clinic was that there were healthcare options for low or no income individuals that did not work, but no options for hardworking people who did not have access to medical care.

The mission of Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville is to provide free outpatient primary and specialty medical services to Northeast Florida’s WORKING, low-income and uninsured individuals and families to keep them healthy, employed and out of our hospital emergency rooms.

The Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville Clinic is staffed by dedicated active and retired physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and specialists. These professionals dedicate their time to fulfill our mission of helping our community’s working uninsured. Our success can be directly attributed to the passion and commitment of more than 230 active volunteer clinical and non-clinical professionals that perform a wide array of services at our downtown clinic six days a week.