The Volunteer Voice
March 30, 2018
Happy Easter & Passover
from the VIM Team!
VIM would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers and supporters! Your commitment to our mission allows us to help low income families in
Luzerne County stay healthy, well and working!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Dr. Kimberly Ference Hosts Diabetes Seminar

Dr. Kim Ference, VIM Clinical Pharmacist, and students from Wilkes University's Pharmacy Program hosted an informational diabetes seminar at VIM on Wednesday, March 28th. Attendees were given tips on maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and monitoring their medications.
Thank you to all who attended!

VIM Welcomes New Development Manager!
VIM is pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Amanda Ankner.
Amanda will serve as our Manager of Development with a focus of marketing, social media and fundraising activities. She is a graduate of Misericordia University and has experience in the healthcare and nonprofit industries.
Join us in welcoming Amanda to the team!
SPACE (save) the Date!
2018 Gala Will be Out of This World!
We are very excited to announce that this year's gala will be held on June 15th at the Woodlands Inn and Resort . Volunteers in Medicine will be celebrating it's 10 Year Anniversary and you won't want to miss this extra special event! We will be sending out invitations and providing more information in the upcoming weeks. Please mark your calendars!
Welcome to our New Students and Residents
VIM welcomes Kendra Kraser, Nadena Cruise, and Sarah Swinick from Luzerne County Community College. Ms. Cruise is the LCCC Clinic Instructor.
Dr. Saverio Conca is a Geisinger Family Medicine Resident who helped at the clinic this week. Dr. Conca noted that his experience at VIM added a unique perspective to his training.
Felicia Robyn Warman is doing her externship in Medical Assistantship from McCann School of Business. Felicia is from Glen Lyon.
Lasydrea Parson is in her second year at McCann School of Business . She has been helping on both the dental and medical sides with administrative needs. She chose to do externship hours with VIM because she heard great things about VIM and hopes to volunteer at VIM after she graduates.
Dr. Nicholas Church, originally from Victoria, BC, is a Geisinger Family Medicine Resident who volunteered at VIM this past week.
Kathy Wylie is doing her externship in nursing from Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center. She was a huge help the last couple of weeks and we look forward to hosting her the next few weeks.
Save the Date
Upcoming Educational Community In-Services
Learning about community agencies in Luzerne County is one of the many ways that VIM assists our patients. The staff, volunteers, and students of VIM can better refer patients when educated on services available through other agencies. 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.

April 17th: Legal Aid Services

May 29th: Area on Aging
Fast Facts: 8 Health Benefits of the Spring Season
Spring has officially arrived! According to the MedicAlert Foundation, there are eight surprising health benefits that come with spring:

  1. Boost to mental health - if the colder months caused you to hibernate and develop a case of the winter blues, then you are in for a treat. The longer days, fresh outdoors, and warmer temperature can help you experience more enjoyment while feeling less stressed.
  2. A spring-cleaned diet - holiday sweets and heavy winter comfort foods make it convenient to gain unwanted pounds during the colder months. Now is the time to sweep out your cold-weather diet and make room for fresh, local produce. Kale, asparagus, and peas are just a few vitamin-rich vegetables that emerge to their prime during the spring.
  3. More fresh produce in season - many local farmers markets are in full swing and the bounty of fresh produce available makes eating healthy even more delicious.
  4. More vitamin D - in the winter, vitamin-producing sunlight can be rare to come by. A lack of vitamin D can put our bones at risk, hurt immunity and impair healthy muscle and nerve functioning. The return of spring allows us to more easily soak up what our body needs.
  5. A healthier home - bring the sunshine and fresh air indoors by opening up windows during spring cleaning. Did you know more organization and less clutter in the home can make you more fit? Researchers have found that those who live in orderly homes are more likely to be physically fit than those who live with surrounding clutter.
  6. Say goodbye to winter skin and hair - high winds and freezing temperatures during winter cause damage to your skin and hair. Enjoy these few months before summer’s heat arrives and the frizz factor sets it.
  7. No more excuses to avoid exercise - if winter is too cold and summer is too hot, then spring is your time to enjoy outdoor exercise. With daylight savings, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy evening walks or bike rides with the family. The longer days and moderate temperatures are perfect reasons to take your workout outside.
  8. You’re socializing more - spending time with friends while emerging from your annual winter hibernation helps create a healthy mindset. Say goodbye to cabin fever and enjoy engaging in outdoor activities with friends including lunch in the park, after dinner strolls, working in the garden, etc.

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Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
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