The Volunteer Voice
November 15, 2019

You are cordially invited...
Annual Appreciation Luncheon
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
11:30am to 2:00pm
Westmoreland Club

Mark Your Calendar and Stay Tuned for More Information

Humor Therapy Grant
VIM was recently  awarded a grant from the Humor Therapy Fund of the Scranton Area Foundation. On Monday, November 4th, April Lennon, MSW, and Serena Kozokas, Marywood University MSW intern, had the opportunity to meet and thank Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager at the Scranton Foundation and Jeannine Luby, Founder of the Humor Therapy Fund, for their support. This grant has allowed VIM to incorporate humor therapy into the Behavioral Health Program.

Healthy Smile Program
Darcie Schaffer, Manager of Dental Services, visited the Big Daddy Daycare in Nanticoke and enjoyed time with the children while teaching them the importance of brushing their teeth and visiting the dentist.
Family Services Staff Visit VIM
Family Service Association presented the monthly in-service organization held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Gertrude McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Tom Foley, Director of 211/Helpline, and Jessica Ives, Director of Case Management and Community Programs joined the staff and volunteers for an informational session on the myriad services provided through their agency.
VIM Baby Coming Soon
Shelby Goss, dental hygienist at VIM, is expecting a baby boy on November 25th. A baby shower was hosted by Darcie Schaffer at her home. Staff and volunteers enjoyed a pleasant afternoon with Shelby and her family to celebrate the anticipation of the new baby. Darcie's pet deer also showed up for their daily bread or vegetable snack.
Welcome Our New Students
Sezen Uslan is a Physician Assistant student at Misericordia University. She decided to choose VIM because she loves serving and giving back to the under-served community. She is excited to gain experience in internal medicine.
Stephanie Orzelek is a Physician Assistant student from King's College. She chose VIM as her current rotation to gain more experience in Internal Medicine. Stephanie hopes to practice Family Medicine in her hometown of Binghamton, NY.
Ernie Stiner is a Pharmacy student from Wilkes University. He is looking forward to interacting with patients and helping them with what they need. He hopes to practice Community or Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in his home state of New Jersey.
Jennifer Lee is a Pharmacy student from Wilkes University. She was inclined to choose VIM as her rotation site because she wants to help the underserved populations. After Pharmacy school, Jennifer hopes to pursue a PhD in Immunology .
Look At What Our Students Are Saying...
"Dr. Feudale, was very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher."

"Future students would not be disappointed with their experience at VIM since it strengthened my clinical experience as well as my overall knowledge of medicine."
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 April  at  or call 570-970-2864.
 Tuesday, December 3rd
Robinson Counseling Center
Presented by Jessica Budzak
 Tuesday, January 14th
2020 U.S. Census
Presented by Katie Derhammer
Maven Project Educational
Teleconference Sessions
In conjunction with the clinic's partnership with the Maven Project , educational teleconference sessions will be provided by physicians across the country. Each session will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the clinic's conference room and is open to volunteers and providers.
The upcoming teleconferences sessions are:

  • Tuesday, November 26th - Evaluation of Back Pain

  • Tuesday, December 3rd - Atrial Fibrilation, the Most Common Arrhythmia Seen in Clinical Practice
If there is a topic you would be interested in learning about, please reach out to Dr. Frances Feudale, VIM's Medical Director, at .
Donate to VIM
VIM is not a federally-funded clinic and does not charge for services . The clinic operates solely from donations from businesses and individuals, grants from foundations and proceeds from special events. Any contribution you are able to make assists VIM with keeping our low-income neighbors healthy, well and working .
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Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
Phone: 570-970-2864 | Fax: 570-970-2868