A Message from Marci  

As the temperature rises, it’s nice to reflect on some cool things happening at VHC. Having just finished work on our Annual Report, it’s truly impressive what the Clinic was able to accomplish with the collective support of you and so many others. Take a moment to check out VHC’s 2017 Annual Report and our 2017 Donors & Supporters by clicking on the preceding blue links. 

As you may know, the Clinic experienced a flood in the spring. Fortunately, due to the quick action of the staff and some serious water restoration work, we were open for business that same evening and continued on without missing a beat.  

VHC's Program Director Welcomes Baby Mia
Silvia and her husband Greg Reyes welcomed their first daughter Mia Rosalie on Saturday April 21st. Mia made her arrival at 12:46pm on a slightly rainy day and weighed in at approximately 7lbs 9oz. She was born happy, healthy and welcomed by family that couldn't wait to meet her.

  Meet our Newest Staff Member and VISTA Members
Meet our newest staff member Israel Rodriguez who joined our team in late February 2018. Israel is VHC's Patient Advocate and also filled in for Silvia, VHC's Program Director, while out on maternity leave.

Israel helped keep things going by continuing to coordinate patient care, clinic events and even aired on a local television station called UNIVISION twice. Israel raised awareness of VHC's healthcare services and our presence in the community.  See the segment here!

We are very excited to have Israel on our team and we would like to thank him for all his hard work/outreach he has done so far!

(Pictured above Eleanor and Mariana)

Eleanor Shaul, Summer VISTA
Volunteer Coordinator and EMR Specialist Summer Associate

Mariana Ramirez, Summer VISTA 
Patient Advocate Summer Associate 
(Pictured above Sandra)

Sandra Williams, VISTA
Communication and Development Associate

VHC Welcomes a new Pharmacist in Charge

The Volunteer Healthcare Clinic is pleased to welcome Candice Chavez as our new Pharmacist in Charge. Candice, who has a Doctorate in Pharmacy, is a pharmacist at the nearby Hancock Center HEB Pharmacy. She is no stranger to the Clinic as she is a former volunteer and Pharm D Intern who provided medication counseling and health education to diabetic & hypertensive patients enrolled in our Monday night Chronic Disease Management (CDM) clinic. Candice also serves on the board of the Capital Area Pharmacy Association (CAPA) and we are excited to have her join the VHC team.

VHC and Volgistics
After much deliberation, the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic has decided to test a new volunteer-tracking system: Volgistics. This program is completely web-based and allows volunteers to access important information from home including hour reports and open shifts! We look forward to sharing this exciting system with you. It is used with great success at top volunteer programs such as St. David’s Medical Center and the Texas State History Museum.
Volunteer Appreciation 2018
On Sunday, the sixth of May, over 150 people attended the VHC’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. For the third year in a row, the event was held at the Draught House Pub & Brewery. It was a beautiful sunny day and with music from the Stray Bullets and food and drink donated from restaurants all over town, a great time was had by all. 

Goodie Bags Fundraiser for our Summer Pediatrics Clinic’s

The Volunteer Healthcare Clinic is always trying to inspire young people to take an interest in health care. This semester we had Addie Avery (pictured above on the right with cousin Maddie), a high school student from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School do a donation drive as her Senior Project. She worked closely with Sandra, our VISTA Associate, and Laura, our Director of Volunteers, to create a campaign to collect items to make goodie bags to be distributed to young patients who attend our summer Daytime Pediatric clinics. 

VHC Back to School July Supply Drive!
Gather your friends, coworkers, family and invite them to donate a set of the Top 5 Supplies to one child. This can be a fun drive you do among family, friends or your workplace! 

TOP 5 Supplies:
5. Backpack
4. Spiral Notebooks
3. Binder/Folders
2. Pencil/Pens/Crayons
1. Paper

Items can be donated and dropped off at VHC anytime before Friday July 13th during normal business hours. Items will be distributed to patients during our July Summer Pediatric Clinic. 
Call Silvia at 512-459-6002 ext. 206 if you have questions.Thank you for your support!

A Patient Story
Sara Manages her Diabetes with VHC's Help!
"Sara" first came to the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic (VHC) in 2014 to learn about Seton's Big Pink Bus that was parked right outside. She had never heard about VHC and decided to drop in and ask about the bus and our services. A staff member talked to her and advised her to return to one of our walk in clinics to get her breast lump examined. Her mammogram was deemed normal and Sara continued to come to VHC as needed as she had no health insurance.