The Volunteer Voice
September 21st, 2018
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Patient Centered Medical Home Update
During this week's PCMH conference call, VIM staff reviewed the clinic's Gap Analysis Worksheet with the Americares team. The group reviewed the clinic's Quality Improvement infrastructure, the six domains of healthcare quality and the NCQA standards for QI.

The next assignment for VIM to complete is a PDSA Worksheet . This Plan-Do-Study-Act Worksheet will assist the clinic in documenting a test of change for the implementation of new programs as the PCMH certification process progresses.
VIM Attends Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's Community Service Fair
On Thursday, September 13th, Amanda Ankner , Development Manager, and Chelsea Collins , Social Care Coordinator, attended Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's Community Service Fair at the campus in Scranton. The students were very interested to learn about all of the services the clinic provides to eligible patients and they look forward to volunteering in the future.
VIM Attends United Way Kickoff Event
On Thursday, September 13th, Darcie Schaffer , Dental Clinic Manager, Kelly Ranieli , Executive Director, and Amanda Ankner , Development Manager, attended the United Way's Annual Kick-off Dinner at Mohegan Sun Casino. The evening's keynote speaker was Father Greg Boyle , founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program in the world. His powerful presentation touched everyone in attendance.
Pictured from left: Darcie Schaffer , Kelly Ranieli and Amanda Ankner
Father Greg Boyle , founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles
Bill Jones , President of the United Way
Social Care Coordinator Attends National Association of Social Workers Conference
On Friday, September 14th, Chelsea Collins attended the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Worker’s annual conference at Kalahari Conference Center. Chelsea participated in the “Integrated Behavioral Health Certification” training. The training was a 7-hour intensive workshop and focused on social workers’ roles in helping integrate and expand behavioral health services in a primary care physician offices. After successfully completing the training, Chelsea received a certificate for providing integrated healthcare services in a primary care setting.

She also ran into Dr. Weinman during the lunch break which was a happy and unexpected surprise! Dr. Weinman was attending the conference with his wife, who is also a social worker.
VIM's Attends Race for the Cure
On Saturday, September 15th, Amanda Ankner , Marie Thomas , 1st Chair of VIM's Board of Directors, and students from Wilkes University's Pharmacy Program , hosted a grantee's table at the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in downtown Scranton.
VIM Provides Dental Screenings to the Children's Development Council of NEPA
On Thursday, September 13th, Darcie Schaffer , Shelby Goss , VIM's Dental Hygienist and Dr. Mahima Singh , VIM's Dental Director, provided dental screenings at the Children's Development Council of NEPA's Nesbitt Center in Kingston. One of the children was afraid of seeing the dentist so he decided to make Dr. Singh a firefighter for the day!
On Friday, September 14th, Darcie , Shelby and Dr. Caroline Zielinski , volunteer dentist at VIM, provided dental screenings at the Children's Development Council's Wilkes-Barre Center .
Welcome to our New Students,
Residents and Volunteers
Sara Herr , a student from Marywood University, is completing a field placement in a Masters of Social Work program at the clinic. She will be observing Chelsea, seeing patients and assisting with the Health Equity Program until May 2019.
VIM welcomes Alicia Derwin and Julie Suchocki from Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center's Nursing Program .
VIM welcomes Rachelle Radziewicz and Jessica Thomas from Luzerne County Community College's Dental Hygiene Program .
Della Huffman , a Geisinger Family Medicine Resident, spent time seeing patients in conjunction with Dr. Scott at the clinic this week. She was happy to be assigned to VIM because she gained experience treating patients in a free clinic setting.
Patient Success Story
Recently, a student from Luzerne County Community College's Dental Hygiene Program performed a deep cleaning on a patient that hadn't seen a dentist in over ten years. Often times, patients that come to VIM's dental clinic have numerous caries and require 2-4 appointments to get out of pain and on a preventative care schedule.

During the appointment, the student encountered unusually thick and large calculus that had accumulated behind the patient's lower anterior teeth. Due to the extreme circumstances , the student notified Dr. Singh before beginning the patient's procedure.

Because of the extent of the calculus build-up and the amount of time the deep cleaning takes, only one quadrant of the mouth was able to be completed. An additional three appointments will be needed to complete the patient's scaling and root planning procedure.

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 the next presentation, please RSVP to Chelsea at  or 570-970-2864 .

 Tuesday, September 25th
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Wyoming Valley AIDS Council

Tuesday, October 23rd
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Patient Centered Medical Home
Presented by Kelly Ranieli, VIM's Executive Director
Let's Get Social!
Volunteers  in  Medicine 
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Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
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