The Volunteer Voice
November 16th, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving from VIM!
The staff at VIM would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving ! We are thankful for all the support provided at the clinic from our dedicated volunteers, partners and donors .

Giving Tuesday
Be a Hometown Hero
This year, Giving Tuesday is November 27th . This global initiative is held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and kicks off the holiday charitable season .

VIM is not federally funded and does not charge for services . The clinic operates solely on donations from businesses and individuals, grants from foundations and proceeds from special events. Any contribution helps the clinic continue to provide free medical, dental and behavioral health services to our low-income neighbors in need.

If you would like to donate to VIM this Giving Tuesday , you can do so directly on our website or sending a check to
VIM at 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
We appreciate your support!
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
for VIM's 2019 Annual Luncheon
Sponsorship opportunities  are still available for the clinic's 2019 Annual Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon. The meeting will be on Tuesday, January 29th from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

Click the link below for the sponsorship levels and form. If additional information is needed please contact Amanda Ankner  at 570-970-2864 or .
Save the Date!
Winter Fundraiser
Save the Date! Join us on Tuesday, February 5th at Bistro on the Ave for our Valentine's Happy Hour! The event will feature celebrity bartenders and include a silent auction . Support a healthy community while bidding on that unique gift for your special someone. Stay tuned for additional information.
Welcome to our New Students,
Residents and Volunteers
Nancy Shukry  began her six-week rotation at the clinic this week. She is in her second year of the  Physician Assistant Program  at King's College. She is interested in practicing  in a Surgical Center or in OB-GYN upon completion of the program. She has a positive outlook on life and says " You - Excuses = Unstoppable !"
Jason Hull , a Geisinger Family Medicine Resident, spent time seeing patients in conjunction with Dr. Scott at the clinic this week. Jason is originally from San Diego, California and hopes to practice student health back on the west coast upon completion of his program.
VIM welcomes Casey Madden and Alison Leiser from Luzerne County Community College's Dental Hygiene Program . They assisted with cleanings of many
Students Love VIM
Julie Suchocki and Alicia Derwin , nursing students from Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical College, completed their clinical rotation last week. They both  enjoyed  their experience at VIM working with the "welcoming and caring staff" . Pictured above from left to right: Julie, Chris Gaughan, VIM's Nursing Director and Alicia.
Patient Centered Medical Home Update
During this week's call with the Americares team, the clinic's staff reviewed the key components of the Enhanced Access Assessment that was completed for the third next available appointment. The assessment is important as it will improve outcomes, improve the overall patient experience and reduce costs of care for the clinic.

The next assignment is to complete a Cycle Time Exercise . This exercise will examine the amount of time each patient spends during various parts of their appointment - from check-in to check-out.
Healthy Smiles Program
Visits Local Preschools
On Tuesday, November 13th,  Darcie Schaffer , Dental Clinic Manager, and Sara Herr , Master of Social Work Intern, presented the Healthy Smiles program to the West Pittston Daycare Center . The children enjoyed practicing brushing on Katie the Kangaroo!
On Thursday, November 15th,  Darcie , Shelby   Goss , Dental Hygienist, and  Dr. Mahima Singh , Dental Clinic Director, provided dental screenings at the  Green Street Elementary's Pre-K Counts Program in Hanover.
Save the Date
Upcoming Educational Community In-Services
Learning about other Luzerne County  community agencies in order to refer patients  is one of the many ways that VIM provides case management services. All in-services are from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and are held at the clinic. If you would like to join us for the next presentation, please RSVP to Chelsea at  or 570-970-2864.
 Tuesday, November 27th
Adopt a Single Mom Project
Presented by Donna Nelson

Tuesday, December 18th
VIM's Strategic Plan
Presented by Kelly Ranieli

Tuesday, January 22nd
The Importance of Pharmacology
Presented by the Wilkes University Pharmacy Students
Thank you !!
A heartfelt thank you to all the staff and volunteers at VIM for all the wonderful birthday wishes ! I loved walking in to the clinic on Monday with a surprise of birthday decorations, cards, cake, pizza and carrot cake!
Lots of Love,
Kelly L. Ranieli
Let's Get Social!
Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
Phone: 570-970-2864 | email: