The Volunteer Voice
November 2nd, 2018
Happy Halloween from VIM
The clinic staff had a great time dressing up for Halloween this year. We hope you had a spook-tacular day!
Patient Success Story
The above patient first came to VIM in 2016 with various health issues and in need of medications. After numerous appointments with Dr. Weinman, Dr. Scott, Dr. Sordoni. Dr. Diana, and Dr. Sandra Mattison the patient realized their concerns for her health due to her weight were substantiated. The patient knew she needed to take action to improve her overall health and well-being.

On February 8th, 2018 , she weighed herself at 307 lbs and began her weight loss journey. She started the Weight Watcher Freestyle Program at home and incorporated walking and weight toning into her fitness regime. Combining exercise with a healthy diet, the patient weighed in at the clinic on October 30th, down almost 80 lbs ! She credits Dr. Mattison as her inspiration and says "VIM is a God send and I'm grateful for everyone that gives their time and funds to make it happen!"
Best of Luck to Dr. Sandra Mattison!
After seven years of volunteering at VIM, we're sad to learn that Dr. Sandra Mattison will be starting a new adventure in Connecticut. She spent Friday, October 26th seeing patients at the clinic before her big move . She will be greatly missed by the staff, fellow volunteers and patients. We thank her for her time and expertise and wish her the best of luck in her new beginning!
Mark Your Calendar!
Sponsorship Opportunities Available for VIM's 2019 Annual Luncheon
The clinic's Annual Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. The luncheon will honor outstanding volunteers and supporters in ten special categories.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click the link below for the sponsorship levels and form. If additional information is needed please contact Amanda Ankner at 570-970-2864 or .
Pennsylvania Vision Foundation to Offer Eye Care Services for Patients
The clinic is excited to announce that we a new partnership with the Pennsylvania Vision Foundation to offer free eye care services to our patients. The agreement allots the clinic up to twenty-five appointments per month. Once the patient completes a form and their information is received by the Foundation, they are electronically enrolled in a plan administered by Vision Benefits of America (VBA) , Inc. Upon enrollment, patients are then able to schedule an appointment with any VBA doctor. This new program will be a great benefit for our patients and will reimburse the eye doctors for the visit! The program is no cost to VIM or the patient .
Moses Taylor Foundation Grant Will Cover Building Improvements
VIM is honored to be a recipient of a $20,000 for Building Repair and Refurbishment grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation . The building was built in the early 1930's as a garage and cars lifted by an elevator to the second floor. The organization was fortunate to purchase the "Buzzy Bizarre" building in March of 2008 and quickly renovated a portion of the building to house the medical clinic.In 2011, funding was obtained and major renovations were done in order to open the VIM dental clinic.

The weather in northeastern Pennsylvania has not been kind to an old brick building. The brick on the outside of the building needs to be refurbished with new mortar and paint. There was a major leak in a portion of the roof near the old elevator shaft due to all the rain this summer which lead to some issues with an exam room and back entrance area. The entire roof needs to be replaced. The parking lot needs to be filled in and eventually paved which is a very costly project. The funds from the Moses Taylor Foundation are much needed to assist us in repairing the building in order to continue to provide a safe and professional environment to the patients, staff and volunteers at VIM.
VIM Hosts Flu Clinic
On Monday, October 22nd, Stephen Sawka , Walgreens pharmacist, hosted a flu clinic at VIM. From 3 pm to 5 pm, over 20 patients received a flu vaccine .

The clinic was pleased to see Stephen again. He had previously completed his six-week pharmacy rotation at VIM! He is now a successful pharmacist at our local Walgreens.
VIM is Still Looking for Local Businesses to Host our Band-aid Fundraiser
The clinic is still looking for local businesses to help with our latest fundraiser! Band-aid cutouts can be offered to patrons to purchase for $10, $5 or $1. There is NO COST to the business as all materials are provided by VIM.

If you, or someone you know, is willing to participate please contact Amanda Ankner at 570-970-2864 or
Welcome to our New Students,
Residents and Volunteers
Payal Parikh joined the clinic as a volunteer this week. She will be assisting as a receptionist and helping with other office duties . She is excited to be a part of VIM and looks forward to working with her neighbors in need.
VIM welcomes Tiffany Yuskoski and Alexis Wilner from Luzerne County Community College's Dental Hygiene Program .
VIM welcomes Crystal Evans , Sierra Boragno and Dayna Behm from Luzerne County Community College's Dental Hygiene Program.
Maverick Reed is a pharmacy student from Wilkes University that will be completing his clinical introductory pharmacy practice experience at the clinic over the next few weeks. He is looking forward to gaining experience working with a low-income population at the clinic. Upon graduation, Maverick would like to practice pharmacy in the Air Force .
Himaswetha Bharatha is a pharmacy student from Wilkes University that spent time volunteering at the clinic this week. Himaswetha chose to volunteer at VIM because she "likes how people volunteer their own time to help others and not look for a profit while helping." Upon graduation, she would like to be an ambulatory pharmacist .
This week, the manager from Jolie Academy in Wilkes-Barre reached out to Kelly Ranieli, Executive Director, to schedule a meeting to discuss hosting the school's students at VIM. The clinic looks forward to the potential partnership.
Social Care Coordinator Attends
National NAFC Conference
Chelsea Collins , Social Care Coordinator, attended the National Association of Free Clinic's (NAFC) Symposium in Henderson, Nevada on October 14th-16th. The theme of this year’s symposium was “This is Us: Humans of Health Care” and focused on new and upcoming trends within the world of free and charitable clinics, and also stressed the importance of utilizing a humanistic approach to a number of different topics concerning the health of our patients.

One of the highlights of the conference was VIM receiving the Americares BD/NAFC Advancing Community Health: Driving Quality Outcomes Award . The clinic received this recognition for the pursuit of the Patient Centered Medical Home Certification.
Patient Centered Medical Home Update
During this week's PCMH call, the clinic staff and Americares team reviewed items from the Comprehensive Health Assessment . This assessment collects important information on not just the patient's physical health but social and behavioral health as well.

The next assignment for the clinic's staff is to complete a Third Next Available Appointment review. This assignment will help the clinic identify the availability of appointments to ensure consistency with the patient and their primary provider. Overall, it will enhance access to care and ensure follow up appointments are scheduled.
Healthy Smiles Program Visits Local Preschools and the SHINE Program
The dental clinic staff and Katie the Kangaroo have been very busy presenting our Healthy Smiles Program to local preschools.
Mountain Top Kids Child Care Center
When I Grow Up Childcare Learning
Luzerne County Head Start in Hazleton
Recently, the clinic has been asked to present Healthy Smiles to students in the SHINE program . The after-school program provides a safe environment for children to learn while their parents are still at work.
SHINE Program in Nanticoke
SHINE Program in Hazleton
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, November 27th
Adopt a Single Mom Project
Presented by Donna Nelson

Tuesday, December 18th
VIM's Strategic Plan
Presented by Kelly Ranieli

Tuesday, January 22nd
The Importance of Pharmacology
Presented by the Wilkes University Pharmacy Students
Let's Get Social!
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