Comitta secures $50,000 funding for CVIM’s physical therapy program – Daily Local


WEST CHESTER – Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), a non-profit organization providing free medical services to those in need, now has a designated area and equipment for its physiotherapy program, thanks to funding of $50,000 from the state obtained by State Senator Carolyn Comitta, D-19th, of West Chester.

CVIM is using the funds to develop an on-site physiotherapy room with therapy devices and physiotherapy equipment – ​​including tools that clients can borrow to continue their rehabilitation at home – to support its growing physiotherapy program .

“It’s always important to support CVIM and the other free clinics in our area that are an integral part of our healthcare infrastructure,” Comitta said. “I hope this investment will help more patients and residents access the benefits of physiotherapy to recover from illness or injury, reduce pain, avoid surgery and enjoy improved mobility, better balance and overall health and well-being.”

According to CVIM President and CEO Maureen Tomoschuk, CVIM currently serves approximately 25 patients per week in its physiotherapy program, which is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, including two physiotherapists, two physiatrists, an athletic trainer and a hand therapist, as well as other volunteer professionals providing chiropractic care and acupuncture therapy.

“We are very grateful to Senator Comitta for her continued advocacy for CIHR and our mission, and for securing funding for our new physical therapy room,” Tomoschuk said. “Our volunteers are now fully equipped to help our patients get healthy and back to work. This is especially important as COVID-19 continues to spread through our community, and we are working to ensure our patients are fully supported in all of their medical and dental needs.

The dedicated physical therapy room and equipment upgrades are particularly important as the organization serves a majority of patients who work in physically demanding manual labor and service industry jobs. This means that many MIHC clients are susceptible to injury and may live in chronic pain, but struggle to access or afford physical therapy due to prohibitive out-of-pocket costs.

CVIM’s physiatrists and physiotherapy team aim to empower patients through education, rehabilitation and prevention, as well as non-opioid medications, injections, therapeutic modalities and exercises.

The organization also now has dedicated space for its own electromyography (EMG) machine, a diagnostic tool used to assess nerve and muscle function, which is particularly useful for its many patients with hand injuries. or wrist, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Comitta, who sits on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, thanked Tomoschuk and all CIHR staff and volunteers for their continued work in providing compassionate medical and dental care and health education to residents and families of the Chester County who do not have access to health care.

“This is a difficult time for healthcare as free clinics like CVIM continue to deal with the evolving pandemic,” she said. “That’s why we must continue to support and invest in our healthcare infrastructure so that everyone has the opportunity to lead healthy, happy and productive lives.”

Comitta also thanked CVIM for administering thousands of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and for continuing to help so many residents and families in need throughout the evolving pandemic.

Founded in 1998, CVIM was the first community-based volunteer clinic of its kind in southeastern Pennsylvania. Today, it continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of Chester County residents and families who do not have access to insurance. Last year CVIM treated 5,000 patients in more than 41,000 visits.


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