The Volunteer Voice
March 15th, 2019
Happy Saint Patrick's Day
Slainte! The staff would like to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day !

"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that
 stay with you all the year long."
Support a Smile on World Oral Health Day
World Oral Health Day is Wednesday, March 20th! Support a smile and make a donation that will assist VIM's dental clinic with continuing to provide FREE dental care to our uninsured neighbors in need. 

Dental services offered to patients include fillings/restorations, extractions, treatment of abscesses, dentures, cleanings and education. Most patients that come to VIM's dental clinic have severe oral hygiene issues and often require 2-4 appointments to get out of pain. 

Any contribution you are able to make helps support our mission of keeping low-income families in Luzerne County healthy, well and working!

Donations can be made directly on our website or by sending a check to
VIM at 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
We appreciate your support! Thank you!
Volunteers Needed
According to the Centers for Disease Control , more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. It affects Pennsylvanians across the state, from big cities to rural communities. At VIM, our goal is to keep our patients safe and healthy. Education and preparation is key to dealing with this crisis so a strategic decision was made to carry Naloxone.

In September 2014, Senate Bill 1164 was signed into law as ACT 139 which allows first responders, providers, and organizations the ability to administer a medication known as Naloxone , a life-saving opioid reversal medication, to individuals experiencing an opioid overdose. Additionally, the 'Good Samaritan' provision of Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses to 911 until help arrives.  

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. There are several ways in which Naloxone can be administered: intranasally, intramuscularly, and intravenously. VIM now has the ability to administer the drug both intranasally and intramuscularly. Most importantly, the intranasal medication can ONLY be used on someone who is breathing. If they are not breathing, you MUST use the intramuscular medication.  

These medications can be found in the emergency kit in the storage closet along with instructions on how to administer the medications. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Frances Feudale at
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
By Frances Feudale, DO, Medical Director of VIM
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and although it's the third most common cancer in the US and the second leading cause of cancer death - when it's discovered early, it's highly treatable. Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years and older. The most common symptom is NO symptom and the majority of colorectal cancer patients do not have a family history.

So what can you do to reduce your risk?
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
  • Consume a diet high in fiber including fruits and vegetables
  • Decrease the amount of red meat and processed meats, i.e., hot dogs, ham, bacon, and sausage you consume
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit your alcohol intake

But the number one way to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer is to get screened. VIM has had a partnership with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute to offer our patients FREE screenings ! Starting at age 50 and continuing until age 75, patients can receive a YEARLY FIT (fecal immunochemical test) test which is a simple home test that screens for hiden blood in your stool.

For more information on colorectal cancer go to:
VIM Selected to Participate in Telemedicine Pilot Program
VIM was recently informed that the clinic has been selected to participate in the Increasing Access to Specialty Care in VIM Clinics pilot telemedicine program through the MAVEN Project.

The program will provide VIM with one year of access to specialty consultations, educational sessions and clinical mentoring from The MAVEN Project’s network of experts.

This exciting program will give providers at the clinic instant access to specialty consultations from neurologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and additional specialists through telehealth technology .
Staff Attend International
Women's Day Luncheon
On Friday, March 8th, Kelly Ranieli , Executive Director, and Chelsea Collins , Social Care Coordinator, attended "Your Hour, Her Power" presented by Dr. Lauren Hazzouri , a licensed psychologist and founder of Hazzouri Psychology and Not Therapy, a lifestyle program, revolutionizing the way girls and women care for their emotional health. The event was hosted by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce at the Westmoreland Club.

The luncheon celebrated International Women's Day . Dr. Hazzouri's presentation used CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques to show attendees how simple things such as sleep, nutritional eating and exercise can affect mental health .
Students & Instructors Love VIM!
As an educational host site , VIM has many students complete rotations and internships at the clinic. At the 2019 Annual Meeting & Appreciation Luncheon, the clinic recognized Marywood University as an Outstanding Academic Institution and Sara Herr as an Outstanding Student. Below is a note sent to Kelly Ranieli, Executive Director, in appreciation of the recognition.

"Our Master of Social Work students have always had an exceptional learning experience and the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team. As Director of Field Education, I appreciate your support and commitment to our Field Education program. We are also honored that Sara Herr, this year's intern, was honored as Outstanding Student at the annual luncheon".
- Deirdre Spelman
Pictured above: Deirdre Spelman, Director of Field Education at Marywood University, and Marie Thomas, Chair of VIM's Board of Directors
Healthy Smiles Program
Visits Local Preschools
On Tuesday, March 12th, Darcie Schaffer , Dental Clinic Manager, and Brittany Kittle , intern, presented the Healthy Smile to a Healthy Start program at Their Beginnings Childcare and Preschool Center in Hanover. The children loved practicing brushing on Katie the Kangaroo!
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, March 26th
Volunteers of America
 Tuesday, May 28th
Victims Resource Center
Patient Centered Medical Home Update
During this week's call with the Americares team, the clinic's staff completed the review of the Care Coordination module. The final module to review is Quality Improvement before moving on to the work plan process.
Let's Get Social!
Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
Phone: 570-970-2864 | email: