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Our mission is to provide
no cost medical, pharmacy and wellness services
to the under-served in Charlotte County, Florida

Clinic Serves the Uninsured

Andes Clinic has treated more than 8,000 patients

NEIL HUGHES
Sun Contributor

November 30,2009 -There are five conditions that the average uninsured patient who comes to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Health Clinic in Port Charlotte is afflicted with: high blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes, chronic lower back pain and obesity. These issues aren't just common they're connected... ...more

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic Welcomes
Dr. Eusebio P. Gonzales, MD

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic Welcomes Dr. Eusebio P. Gonzales, MD

Dr. Eusebio P. Gonzales, MD, a recently retired Primary Care Pediatrician  and a former Medical Consultant/Physician Administrator  with the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene in the state of Maryland, has been hired to serve as the Clinic Operations Manager  for the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic.  The clinic, previously named St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care Clinic is managed by St... ...more

Charity Health Clinic Welcomes New Executive Director

The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Health Clinic, managed by the St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care, Inc., welcomes M. Suzanne Roberts, M. Ed. as the newest addition to their management team.  Ms. Roberts, the former National Director of Evidence Based Services for VISIONQUEST, relocated from St. Augustine, FL. 

According to Tom Cappiello, Board President of SVDP Community Health Care, Inc... ...more

No-cost health clinic offers help for the uninsured - Night hours give working poor a place to go

By Stephanie Obley
Sun Correspondent


The stories bring chills and images of what-if.

A young woman with a year-long cough from cancer she didn't know she had. Another with undiagnosed breast cancer. A patient needing gall bladder surgery. And the many people who lived day to day without realizing they had diabetes and without treating it.

"They saved my life," said 57-year-old Port Charlotte resident Barbara Thomas... ...more

Volunteer Recognition Awards

January, 2010 - Three volunteers for the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic were recognized at the January Board meeting for their amazing service to the clinic over the past 8 years.

Maura Matzko, past Board president, has served at the clinic and on the Board for 6 years.

David M. Klein, MD, is the co-founder and medical director of the VBA Clinic, formerly St. Vincent de Paul Community Healthcare.

Noreen Chervinski, is our current Director of Volunteer Services, and has been a part of the St... ...more

Free Swine Flu vaccinations

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic will be offering free H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccinations on February 23rd from 1pm to 5pm. No appointment is necessary. The Clinic is located at 21450 Gibraltar St. in Port Charlotte.

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2nd Year Anniversary Celebration

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic celebrated our 2nd Year Anniversary on February 8th. The nonprofit Clinic provides no-cost episodic medical services and prescription medication to the uninsured, the under-insured and the working poor of Charlotte County. 

Formerly St. Vincent DePaul Community Health Care Clinic, the clinic was renamed in 2009 to honor Mrs. Andes, a long-time community volunteer, for her generous financial gift.

The clinic also relies on the goodwill of volunteers, donors and community supporters; funded primarily by grants, foundations, hospitals, county government, and individual donations... ...more

Donate $1 - SAVE A LIFE!

July, 2010 - Our July fundraiser is 'ON' at local Charlotte County restaurants, bars, and of course at the Clinic. Help us by donating just One Dollar.

Did you know that $1 can give someone $8 worth of medical care?

The VBA Clinic is the only free clinic in Charlotte County’s growing ranks of unemployed and working poor. Located on Gibralter Drive in Port Charlotte, it is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that sees  approximately 3,000 patients a year, and dispenses approximately 6,000 prescriptions... ...more

VBA Free Clinic Awarded $17K by United Way

July 1, 2010 - Suzanne Roberts, Executive Director, announced the generous award of $17,000 to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic for the medical and pharmacy divisions of the organization.

The VBA Clinic is the only free clinic in Charlotte County's growing ranks of unemployed and working poor. It is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that sees approximately 3,000 patients a year, and dispenses approximately 6,000 prescriptions, The pharmacy was established in 1999, and the clinic in February 2008 by private citizens in the healthcare field in response to Charlotte County's growing need for medical services among its underserved population... ...more

Clinic to Receive Komen Funding

Written by Tom Cappiello for SUN Newspaper, Feeling Fit

July, 2010: Flash floods in the south, tornados in the mid-west, wildfires and mud-slides in California and winter storms in the Northeast when put together are all part of the US natural disaster story in 2009.   

In the same way I feel like there is a thread to my life recently, that, when you step back and look at it, is more connected than it might seem at first... ...more

NEW! Breast Health Initiative

Susan G. Komen for the CureThe Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic is proud to announce...

...that we now offer free breast screenings! This new service is offered to qualified patients in partnership with ...more

Office Makeover Dedication

June 24, 2010: Dedication of the new office furniture at Virginia B Andes Volunteer Community Clinic.  A reception was held at the Clinic to show appreciation to Wilkins Frohlich P.A. for their generous donation of Kimball Cetra panel office furniture... ...more

Days of Caring

By DONNELL BATES
Herald Correspondent

Local employees of businesses and nonprofits reached out helping hands recently to show they cared during the United Way of Charlotte County’s Days of Caring event.

This weeklong endeavor was started by the United Way to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish, stated a United Way press release... ...more

October is Breast Health Month

October is Breast Health Awareness Month - and on October 7th the Clinic is hosting a Kickoff Brunch at the clinic from 11 AM- 2 PM, for patients and volunteers, including PINK cookies!

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic is offering FREE breast screenings for our women patients on each Thursday starting on October 7, from 3-5 PM. (18 years and older)

If a problem is found, there is further care that is donated by our community hospitals and doctors.

Screenings are courtesy of Advanced Imaging and Fawcett Memorial Hospital, and are possible thanks to a grant from the Southwest Florida Susan G... ...more

Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon

Another successful event! November 4th was the First Annual Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic Fashion Show and Luncheon.

We chose the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club because of the incredible view, with its very open, inviting and airy atmosphere and the food is great! Lunch will include the meal, drink, dessert and gratuity. Tickets are $35.00 apiece and limited to 200 folks.

When: Thursday November 4, 11:30-2:30pm... ...more

Shopping Day at VBA, for our Volunteers

Kay Hill, owner Kay's Kloset, a new upscale ladies consignment store in Punta Gorda, gave the volunteers of VBA a chance to "shop".  Kay heard about our Clinic and Pharmacy and the amazing work that we accomplish. She wanted to do something special for the wonderful volunteers.

If an item does not sell in her store, Kay explains the mission of VBA and asks her clients if they would be interested in giving the item to our organization for the volunteers. The first "shopping" day occurred January 19... ...more


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