The Volunteer Voice
June 21st, 2019
Summer Has Arrived!
Today is the first official day of summer ! The staff hopes you enjoy the sunshine and have time to relax with family and friends.

"Summertime is always the best of what might be."
- Charles Bowden
VIM's 2019 "Stay at Home" Gala
Thank You to Our Sponsors & Donors
The clinic would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of the sponsors and donors that supported VIM's 2019 "Stay at Home" Gala. This year, all sponsorships and donated funds will go toward direct patient care . Each contribution will assist the clinic with keeping our low-income neighbors healthy, well and working ! 
Relax Under the Stars Sponsors
Moran Industries
Mr. Michael & Dr. Kathleen Hirthler
Mr. Andrew J. & Dr. Susan F. Sordoni
Understand the Mission Sponsors
Gertrude McGowan and Family
Love to Help Sponsors
Dr. Frances Feudale
Stephen & Maria Hudacek Family Foundation
John & Lynn McCarthy
To view the full list of 2019 sponsors, please click the link below.
MOM-n-PA 2019
On June 7th & 8th, the clinic's staff and volunteers participated in the Missions of Mercy Wilkes-Barre event at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Over 1,630 patients in need waited in line for hours to receive free dental care . It was truly a remarkable and memorable event for all who participated.

The clinic would also like to give special recognition to Darcie Schaffer , VIM's Dental Clinic Manager, and Dr. Richard Grossman , volunteer dentist at VIM. Darcie served as the Volunteer Chair and recruited over 950 volunteers to provide care to patients. Dr. Grossman was the Co-Chair of the event and organized providers, solicited funding and served as a spokesperson for the local MOM-n-PA committee .
Patient Success Story
Another patient graduates from VIM's Pharmacy Program ! A 50-year-old male patient began meeting with the Pharmacology staff in April of 2019 for newly diagnosed diabetes and high blood pressure. His hemoglobin A1c of 7.2% put him at a higher risk of developing complications from diabetes. Through education on diet, exercise and medication adjustments, his A1c decreased to 5.7% in just three months and his blood pressure is now at goal !
Pictured above are the patient and Meghan Dixon,
a pharmacy student from Wilkes University.
Welcome to Our New Students
and Volunteers
Emily Barbella is a Physician Assistant student from King's College. She spent time at the clinic last week observing Dr. Frances Feudale , VIM's Medical Director. Upon completion of her program, Emily would like to practice in the emergency medicine .
Bethanie Jones is a Physician Assistant student from King's College. She spent time at the clinic this week observing Dr. Feudale. Bethanie begins her clinical rotations on July 8th and is looking forward to gaining a better perspective on the area she would like to practice. She is currently interested in Oncology & Cardiology and enjoyed her time at VIM - "this was a great experience!"
Andrea Nale is a Resident from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She spent time at the clinic last week observing Dr. Martin Freifeld , volunteer gynecologist. Although Haley is still uncertain of exactly what specialty field she would like to practice in, she is very interested in OB-GYN and Endocrinology . She chose to observe at VIM to experience a day in the life of a doctor and to meet new people.
Brandy Stribaugh is a medical billing & coding intern from the Fortis Institute . She is happy to complete her internship at the clinic - " I love everything about VIM . It's a non-profit, has wonderful volunteers and helps those that are in need."
Candy's Place Presents at Monthly In-Service
On Tuesday, June 18th, Lisa Orlandini , Executive Director of Candy's Place , presented to the staff and volunteers at the clinic's monthly in-service. Lisa spoke about the free services available at the center for males and females over the age of 18 that have any type of cancer diagnosis. Mike Hage , a client at Candy's Place, also spoke about how he utilizes the services. His cancer survival story is truly inspiring and all of the attendees enjoyed speaking with him.
Senate Bill 25 One Step
Closer to Becoming a Law
On June 10, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed SB25 by a vote of 23-to-1. Senate Bill 25 is a piece of legislation that seeks to grant independent practice authority to certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) and is crucial for patients who deserve high quality health care, increased access to care, and lower costs. Senate Bill 25 will now move to the House for consideration and a vote can take place any day.
Free Tick Testing Available for PA Residents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Pennsylvania has had the highest number of Lyme disease cases in the U.S since 2000. In order to help combat Lyme disease, the Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab at East Stroudsburg University is providing free tick testing for PA residents. Within three days of the lab receiving the tick, a technician will provide the results to the person, who is often anxiously waiting. If you’ve been bitten by a tick and want to get it tested, you can find more information at . To read the full article on tick testing and the work of the Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab, click the link below.
Patient Centered Medical Home Update
During this week's PCMH call with the Americares team, the staff reviewed the remainder of Phase 1 . The staff also submitted documents from Phase 2 of the certification process to the Americares team for review. The clinic is right on track to obtain the Patient Centered Medical Home Certification by June of 2020.
Let's Get Social!
Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
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