Stuart, Fla. — Michael Crary, managing partner at Crary Buchanan, has joined the board of The Friends of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, which oversees the financial operations of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.
“To get someone of Mike’s caliber on the board is just fantastic,” said board president. “We’re extremely fortunate. Mike’s expertise and deep roots in the community will be invaluable in helping us expand our base of support.”
Born and raised in Stuart, Crary became involved with VIM Clinic because he’s seen the challenges faced by less-fortunate residents of Martin County who struggle with health care needs.
“It’s very important in a community to make sure that everybody has access to affordable, quality health care,” Crary said. “I think that the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic fills a very vital need.”
While on the board, Crary said one of his priorities is to raise community awareness, “so that community leaders have a deeper understanding of the mission of the clinic, and the vital role and need that it fills in the community.”
Since VIM Clinic first opened on Oct. 2, 1995, there have been more than 111,000 patient visits. The clinic now averages more than 1,100 visits a month, up 45 percent over the past two years, said Executive Director Mary Fields.
Every one of the more than 90 VIM Clinic volunteers is an “unsung hero, trying to do the right thing for humanity,” Crary said. “They don’t want accolades they don’t want rewards, they don’t want a lot of recognition, they just want to help people.