At Volunteers in Medicine, we could not do what we do without the help of our volunteers. The success of our program stems from the amazing work and hours our committed volunteers put in to make this program great. Some of our volunteers have been with us from the beginning of the clinic in 2003. 38% of our volunteers have served at least 5 years. That’s because they believe that every working American deserves quality healthcare.
Even the most basic healthcare is often out of reach for more than 80,000 working Jacksonville residents. Each year, more citizens from every area of Northeast Florida find themselves without quality medical care. Each day, Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville finds a way to help.
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Brad Jackson - Volunteer Spotlight
My name is Brad Jackson and I am a volunteer of logistics and office management with Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville. I am currently a Senior Biology Pre-Med student at the University of Florida. Having been raised a Gator, it is surreal to now watch every home game live with my best friends in the Swamp. I have lived in Jacksonville my entire life, growing up mainly in the San Marco area where my parents still live today. I graduated from Paxon School for Advanced Studies in 2014 as my class Salutatorian. I was heavily involved in athletics, playing Varsity Lacrosse, Football and was Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team. I made many friends and great memories through athletics but the most meaningful impact came from my injuries.
I have broken over 12 bones, had over 200 stitches, 2 rides in an ambulance and 1 weekend in Shands ICU. I’ve always had an interest in science but shattering my jaw really solidified my desire to pursue medicine. I was in the most pain of my life, my face was severely swollen from the trauma, and all I could think was my life is never going to be the same. Through the work of Shands amazing Oral and Maxillofacial surgery team I was healed. The ability to take someone who is broken or dying and restore their life is what inspired me then and drives my passion for medicine to this day. Dr. James Aiello has been an amazing mentor to me. Shadowing him in St. Vincent’s Emergency Room in Riverside and Clay County has taught me many lessons both clinical and personal, and he is the reason I got involved with Volunteers in Medicine. I can’t thank him enough for is continued guidance and support.
Volunteers in Medicine is truly unlike any other clinic. Every day I walk in the clinic I am greeted by so many smiling faces who make me feel welcome. The staff of VIM work so hard to provide health care for Jacksonville’s working uninsured, a demographic that is truly unique. The clinic is run almost entirely through the work of volunteers, driven by the desire to improve the lives of those in need. I perform various office administrative tasks such as data entry, patient information verification as well as some unique projects that challenge me like designing the company newsletter and making drafts of collaboration documents. There is never a dull moment while working upstairs because the staff is always pursuing the next big project, making phone calls, planning events and trying to get the most for our patients. The passion in this clinic is palpable, and it is so refreshing to be around people who are working hard for a cause that they love. There is nothing more fulfilling in this world to me than work being done to help others.
Gene and Shirley Baker - Hands on Health Award
HandsOn Jacksonville, celebrating its 44th year this year, honored volunteers on Monday, April 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. The Celebrate GOOD VIP Awards Dinner was the kick-off to their Celebrate GOOD Festival and in conjunction with National Volunteer Week.
There were many reasons to celebrate Monday night, including the fact that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry will proclaim April 2017 as Volunteer Appreciation Month on Thursday in front of representatives from HandsOn Jacksonville. In addition, this week is National Volunteer Week, which was created in 1974 by President Richard Nixon's administration
Monday's dinner was held at the Jessie Ball duPont Center downtown, the headquarters for several local nonprofits. The event recognized remarkable individuals and organizations -- examples of the hard work hundreds of thousands of people do in our community. A special heartfelt thanks and congratulations to our very own Gene and Shirley Baker who received the 2017 “Hands on Health Award” !
Barbara Potter wins Ivy Summerlee Memorial RSVP Volunteer of the Year Award
Jacksonville, FL --(April 5, 2016) Volunteers in Medicine volunteer Barbara Potter was awarded the prestigious Ivy Summerlee Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award at a special luncheon and awards ceremony attended by more than 200 guests on March 24th at the main library in downtown Jacksonville.
The award was established by Ted Summerlee in honor of his wife, Ivy who was an outstanding RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteer in our community for many years. Recipients of the award must be active senior volunteers within the community and exemplify the characteristics that emulate the spirit of volunteerism that made Ivy Summerlee a model volunteer. The recognition earned Potter a cash award of $150 and an additional gift of $600 for Volunteers in Medicine.
Since joining the organization just three years ago, Potter has recorded an impressive 550 cumulative volunteer hours at Volunteer’s in Medicine’s free downtown clinic earning her the prestigious first place honor. In that capacity, Potter’s responsibilities include scheduling patient appointments and updating medical records, answering patient concerns and at times simply lending a sympathetic ear to patients who are struggling with life’s everyday challenges. Potter, along with more than 230 other healthcare and non-clinical volunteers, has been providing vital volunteer services to northeast Florida’s working, low income and insured individuals and families since 2003 with the goal of keeping them healthy, employed and out of our hospital emergency rooms.
“We are so fortunate to have Barbara as a volunteer within our organization. She is dedicated, well-loved by her peers and our patients, and she can always be counted on to pitch in when needed,”stated Volunteers in Medicine Director of Volunteer Services Catie Wallace. “As an organization that relies heavily on the support of volunteers, Barbara’s generous commitment of time, her ability to multi-task and perform a variety of duties, make her a tremendous asset,” she concluded.
Beaches Resident Dr. Howard Rose Honored With HandsOn Jacksonville’s “Young At Heart” Award Award Coincides With Compassionate Ophthamologist’s Retirement
JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 4, 2016) - They say there are no guarantees in life, but in the case of ophthalmologist Dr. Howard Rose, the patients and staff at Volunteers in Medicine would beg to differ. Each Tuesday morning for more than 12 years, Dr. Rose made the sojourn from his beaches home to Volunteers in Medicine’s downtown clinic. There, he tended to the vision and eye care needs of the community's hard- working, low income and uninsured individuals and families. As such, it came as no surprise when Dr. Rose was selected to receive HandsOn Jacksonville’s Celebrate!Good “Young at Heart” award on April 18th, at Hemming Park. Celebrating the award with him at the award dinner were his wife Muriel, and Volunteers in Medicine leadership and staff.
“Dr. Rose has been such a wonderful asset to our organization,” said Catie Wallace, nominator and Director of Volunteer Services at Volunteers in Medicine. “We are thrilled that HandsOn Jacksonville’s Celebrate!Good judging panel saw the tremendous heart in Dr. Rose that we have seen each week, year after year.”
Beloved by Volunteers in Medicine patients and staff alike, Dr. Rose saw to it that patients with vision and eye care issues were diagnosed and treated with compassion and respect. The generous ophthalmologist logged more 2,300 volunteer hours, treating hundreds of people who could not otherwise afford treatment. The service he volunteered throughout the years totals more than $575,000. His care was especially important to diabetic patients who needed monitoring to prevent blindness.
The HandsOn Jacksonville award coincided with the announcement that the 85-year-old Rose was retiring, so the celebration was bittersweet for all. Volunteers in Medicine relies on the commitment and services of medical specialist volunteers to treat its patients, and for 12 years, he made good on his commitment.
“We couldn’t possibly begin to thank Dr. Rose enough for his years of selfless dedication to Jacksonville’s hard-working, low income residents,” said Mary Pat Corrigan, CEO of Volunteers in Medicine. Catie Wallace emphatically agreed and said “We will all miss him very much- Dr. Rose is leaving some very big shoes to fill.”
Medtronic’s Sets “Mission in Motion” With Volunteers in Medicine “Healthy Habits” WalkAnnual Walk Makes Strides For Clinic Offering Healthcare For Working Uninsured
JACKSONVILLE, FL (July 20, 2016) – On Saturday, June 4th, Medtronic employees, friends and family members laced up their sneakers and joined Volunteers in Medicine patients, board members and volunteers for an informative two-mile walk in downtown Jacksonville. A sea of bright blue Medtronic t-shirts could be easily seen from a distance as employees gathered in the parking lot of the First Methodist Church to participate in Volunteers in Medicine’s Third Annual “Healthy Habits” Walk.
“At Medtronic, we are committed to the greater good, and that commitment begins in the communities where our employees work, live, give, and volunteer,” said Michael Barker, Medtronic’s Sr. Manager, Inclusion, Engagement and Workplace Diversity. “Each June we undertake “Project 6”- our company’s month long dedicated volunteer effort and we chose to set our mission in motion with Volunteers in Medicine.”
The “Healthy Habits” Walk focuses on the importance of developing an exercise regimen to keep healthy and brings awareness of Volunteers in Medicine’s downtown clinic to community partners and patients alike. “There are many working individuals in our community who are uninsured because there employers don’t offer insurance, their employer’s insurance is too expensive or they simply cannot afford the costly co-pays and deductibles associated with the Affordable Care Act. That’s where we serve as a health safety net in the community, ” said Mary Pat Corrigan, Volunteers in Medicine CEO. “At our downtown clinic, with the help of more than 200 active volunteers, we are able to offer FREE primary and specialty healthcare services to our community’s low-income, WORKING, and uninsured population.”
Each year, Dr. Rob Thomas, DRPH drives from his home in Tallahassee to join some of his patients in our weight management program for the walk and to lead a motivating warm-up before the “Healthy Habits” Walk, and this year was no exception. Led by the clinic’s medical director and walk creator Dr. Vicky Findley, men, women and children of all shapes and sizes embarked on the two-mile walk, weaving through downtown Jacksonville and taking in some of Jacksonville’s historic landmarks. Along the way, many Medtronic employees learned about Volunteers in Medicine from actual patients who participated in the walk, and at the end, were offered a tour of the actual clinic.
“Based on the tenets set forth by Medtronic’s founder, we also share a commitment to philanthropy; we strive to build healthy, vibrant communities and focus on efforts to expand healthcare access to underserved populations,” said Barker. “The mission of Volunteers in Medicine clearly mirrors that commitment,” he concluded.
About Medtronic: Medtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world's largest medical technology, services and solutions companies - alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 85,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together. For more information, please visit www.medtronic.com