The Volunteer Voice
August 10th, 2018
Welcome Dr. Kimmy Nguyen
VIM would like to welcome Dr. Kimmy Nguyen to the clinic. Dr. Nguyen, an assistant professor at Wilkes University, will now oversee the Pharmacy program at VIM. The pharmacology program at VIM has been a core service and a valuable partnership with Wilkes University for ten years. The staff and volunteers are excited to have Kimmy join the team.
Patient-Centered Medical Home Update
The most recent accomplishment in the PCMH certification process was establishing the vision for the PCMH model at the clinic.

This week's assignment from the Americares leadership team , was to evaluate our Electronic Medical Records system and its functionality . The results of this evaluation will help clinic staff identify developmental areas needed to achieve the PCMH certification. It will also assist in providing statistical data that will be used to produce quality improvement reports.

Stay tuned for our next update!
VIM Receives Donation from MotorWorld Toyota
VIM received a $1,500 donation from MotorWorld Toyota towards our Ten Year Anniversary Gala. MotorWorld Toyota has been a continuous supporter of the clinic. On August 7, 2018, Kelly Ranieli visited the executives at MotorWorld for a photo opportunity. Their support and commitment to the VIM mission is greatly appreciated!
Pictured from left to right are Jay Thomas , Brand Manager, MotorWorld Toyota, Kelly Ranieli , Executive Director, VIM, Rick Osick , President, MotorWorld | MileOne Autogroup, and Bob Edwards , Brand Manager, MotorWorld Toyota.
Healthy Smiles Program
Visits Local Schools
On July 30th, Darcie Schaffer , Manager of VIM's Dental Clinic, and Riya Gill , volunteer receptionist, spent the morning at the Jewish Community Center Summer Camp teaching the children proper brushing techniques. The children at the camp also taught Darcie and Riya to do the FLOSS , a popular dance that children were thrilled to show!
Darcie and Riya also visited the Back Mountain Library on August 2nd. The children enjoyed practicing brushing on Katie the Kangaroo and taking home the hygiene bags full of goodies.
Save the Date - Missions of Mercy
June 7, 8 & 9, 2019

Save the Date - Missions of Mercy (MOM) is coming to Luzerne County! The event will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre . MOM is an annual two-day free dental clinic for under-served Pennsylvanians in which dental treatment is provided at NO COST to individuals who cannot afford dental care. The Mission was held in Reading in 2018 and 1,874 people were provided dental care.

Volunteers of all types will be needed - dentists, hygienists, assistants and oral surgeons , to name a few. The event will span four days with setup beginning on Thursday, June 6th. Clinic days will be held on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th. The event will conclude with a breakdown day on Sunday, June 9th. More information will be made available as the event approaches.
Patient Success Story
Chelsea Collins, Social Care Coordinator, met with a new patient that desperately needed cataract surgery along with treatment for other major health issues. During her eligibility screening appointment, Chelsea recognized that even though she was working her low income level should allow her to be eligible for Medicaid services.

Chelsea helped complete the Medical Assistance application since the patient had blurred vision and had no access to a computer. In only a few days, the patient received the good news that she was eligible for medical services and food stamps through MA. The staff at VIM immediately coordinated scheduling her cataract surgery that would otherwise be unattainable . In addition, she can exchange her food stamps for farmers market vouchers , and will be able to purchase fresh produce . The patient is unable to drive to a grocery store but is able to walk to the downtown farmer’s market. 

This is an example of how no patient is turned away even if they aren't eligible for the free services offered at the VIM clinic. The Care Coordination and Health Equity program at VIM is very successful in ensuring all patients and even the general public needing assistance receive help to make their stressful lives a little easier.
Welcome to our New Medical Resident
Dr. Matthew Kahari is a  Geisinger Family Medicine Resident  who spent part of his clinical rotation at the clinic this week. Upon completion of his residency, he hopes to practice in Family and Sports Medicine . He enjoys volunteer work and providing equal access to healthcare in under-served communities .
Students Love VIM!
Joelle Zakrzewski , a medical assistant student from Fortis Institute , completed her externship at the clinic this week. She enjoyed her time at VIM - "I liked everything about my experience at VIM. It was a pleasure getting to know the patients and I will miss all of the staff and volunteers ."
Mondays at the Market
On July 30th, Joan Kwarcinski , volunteer nurse at VIM, joined Chelsea Collins , VIM's Social Care Coordinator, at Mondays at the Market for Health Screening Day. Joan provided free blood pressure checks to the folks that stopped by the VIM table.
We're Hiring
Volunteer Needed for Landscaping
The clinic is in need of a volunteer to do light landscaping and weed wacking around the building. If you, or someone you know, is able to lend a hand please call the clinic at 570-970-2864.
Volunteer Podiatrist Needed
Many patients come to VIM in need of podiatry treatment for conditions ranging from fractures and sprains to arthritis and diabetes.

Dr. Stas was volunteering but unfortunately has moved out of the area. The clinic is now in need of a new volunteer podiatrist . If you know of anyone that may want to volunteer one or two 1/2 days a month, please call Kelly at 570-970-2864.
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. If you would like to join us for any of the listed in-services, please RSVP to Chelsea at  or 570-970-2864 . All in-services take place on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
August 21st:
An Introduction to Mindfulness

September 25th:
Wyoming Valley AIDS Council
Let's Get Social!
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