The Volunteer Voice
E-Newsletter
April 12th, 2019
Happy Easter & Passover from VIM
The staff would like to wish a Happy Easter & Passover
to all of our volunteers, supporters and donors!
Thank You to VIM's Volunteer Receptionists
VIM would like to recognize and thank all of our volunteer receptionists . They assist with answering calls, scheduling appointments and checking in patients upon their arrival at the clinic.

Over the past eleven years, many wonderful individuals have donated their time to this invaluable position . Students from local universities and technical colleges also assist with reception responsibilities while completing internships or rotations at the clinic. Below are the current core group of receptionists that regularly volunteer at the clinic. Their ongoing commitment and dedication is truly appreciated!
Pictured above from left to right clockwise: Diane Kleynowski, Mary Burns, Joseph Butkiewicz, Paula Parikh and Pam Shonk.
Pictured above from left to right clockwise: Karen Thompson, Annette Miskiewicz, Riya Gill, Rhoda Moses and Debbie Hollander
Don't Save the Date!
The event is imaginary; but the need is real.
This year, we invite you to NOT save the date for the Music, Medicine and Memories Gala on Friday, June 14th, 2019! Our feet are still hurting from dancing to Lady Gaga last year at the Ten Year Anniversary Gala!

VIM is inviting our friends and supporters to put on your lounge wear, prop up your feet and enjoy a relaxing evening at home. The 2019 Gala will be the best event you don’t have to attend and the easiest way to make a difference . All sponsorships and donated funds will go to direct patient care .

As a sponsor, the clinic is requesting that you send a picture of what you are doing on June 14th, the " imaginary date" of the “Stay at Home” gala . Those pictures will be converted into a video and will be shown at an “appreciation reception” that will be held at the end of June. An invitation will be sent to all the sponsors with additional details about the reception. 

Stay tuned for more information!
VIM is Hiring
Congratulations Dr. Mahima Singh,
VIM's Dental Director
Dr. Mahima Singh , Dental Clinic Director, was recently crowned Ms. Pennsylvania America 2019! She will be representing Pennsylvania as a finalist at the Ms. America Pageant 2019 aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, California on August 22nd-24th. Dr. Singh will use this platform to help increase the awareness and importance of oral health.

“I did it for my mom, to show her I will live my life to its fullest potential and be a role model for my daughters the way she has always been to us. It’s not about winning a title and it’s not a life changing event but it’s a lot of personal growth during the journey because of how much you are pushed to believe in yourself and the people who support you along the way so you can achieve your goals. The reward is in using the title to help others ." - Dr. Singh

Join us in wishing her luck this August!
Leckey Live Broadcasts from VIM
On Tuesday, April 2nd, Ryan Leckey and the WNEP news crew broadcast live from the clinic to help promote MOM-n-PA, a two-day free dental clinic that will serve 2,000 patients at Mohegan Sun Arena on June 7th & 8th. The staff enjoyed having Ryan on-site and are looking forward to volunteering at the event.

Click the link below to view the live broadcast and
to learn more about how you can help.
Welcome Back
Dr. Herb Weinman & Don Dolfi
After winter vacations, the clinic would like to welcome back Dr. Herb Weinman , volunteer physician, and Don Dolfi , volunteer IT technician. Their time and services were greatly missed over the last few months.
Patient Success Story:
Clinical Pharmacy Program Makes a Difference
A 54-year-old male , began seeing Dr. Kimmy Nguyen, Clinical Pharmacist, and Wilkes University pharmacy students in September 2018 for diabetes management. His A1c level was extremely elevated at 12.8%. An A1c shows how well a patient’s diabetes is controlled. When the A1c is >7%, the patient is at risk of developing complications of long-term high blood sugar, like worsening vision, poor kidney function, and nerve pain (neuropathy). The VIM Pharmacy program worked with the patient to educate on the importance of medications, diet, and exercise in order to help lower the A1c to a goal of <7% so that he could remain healthy for his family. He began exercising regularly and being mindful of his carbohydrate intake. The patient never missed an appointment and brought his son as a translator and his grandson for moral support. After six months, his A1c dropped to 6.3% in March 2019!
Community Resource Guide Available at VIM
The clinic recently updated the Community Resources Guide that is provided to patients. This guide lists additional resources available throughout Luzerne County including pregnancy centers, food banks, and drug and alcohol treatment centers.
Social Care Coordinator Presents at Misericordia University
On Tuesday, April 9th, Chelsea Collins , Social Care Coordinator, and Sara Herr , Master of Social Work Student, presented to faculty, students and community members at Misericordia University . The presentation was part of the Office of Service-Learning's Community Lecture Series designed to expand awareness of critical community needs and services provided by local organizations.
Welcome to Our New Students
Sarah Trump is a nursing student from Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center's Practical Nursing Program . She began her six-week clinical rotation last week and will be assisting with patients on Mondays and Wednesdays. Sarah is originally from Millville, PA , and would like to work in a hospital setting upon completion of her program.
Haley Kennedy is a medical assistant student from Fortis Institute . She is excited to complete her clinical rotation at VIM so she can develop new skills and gain additional medical knowledge while giving back to the community.
Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania's Annual Meeting
On Friday, April 26th, the clinic will be closed as the staff will be attending the Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania's Annual Meeting in
Harrisburg, PA.
Healthy Smiles Program
Visits Local Preschools
Darcie Schaffer , VIM's Dental Clinic Manager, spent time presenting the "Healthy Smile for a Healthy Start" Program to three local preschools recently. The children enjoyed listening to a story about visiting the dentist and also practicing proper brushing techniques on Katie the Kangaroo!
Small Wonders in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, March 29th
Magic World Child Care Center in Nanticoke on Friday, April 5th
Back Mountain Day Care in Shavertown on Tuesday, April 9th
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  chelsea-vimwb@hotmail.com  or 570-970-2864.
 Tuesday, April 16th
Disparities within the Hispanic population
Presented by Dr. Andrea Mantione from the University of Scranton and the Leahy Clinic
 Tuesday, May 28th
Victims Resource Center
Patient Centered Medical Home Update
The clinic has begun the Work Plan stage of the PCMH certification process. Staff have been working to standardize policies and procedures and additional training is being provided to volunteers and providers on added features in Medent, the clinic's electronic medical records system. Some of the updates include patient discharge summaries and patient education materials which will enhance the quality of care that is provided.
Let's Get Social!
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Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
Phone: 570-970-2864 | email: vimwb@hotmail.com
website www.vimwb.org