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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Dixie Murphy has spent her Thursdays for the last five years volunteering at the Volunteers In Medicine prescription drug dispensary, working with the clinic’s volunteer doctors and nurses on behalf of patients in need of inexpensive medications.
Murphy started her volunteer work when her friend, William Nimo, encouraged her to help him out at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in downtown Jacksonville. Murphy and Nimo are licensed pharmacists.
Murphy says her role at the clinic is to help patients acquire the drugs they need at the least cost – sometimes from the limited dispensary at the clinic, other times by calling around to find the most inexpensive medication available for the patient.
For example, she tells patients who need glucose meters where they can find them at the lowest price. Another example: She recently consulted with a doctor to prescribe a statin drug that has been donated to the clinic’s dispensary which she can give a patient free of charge.
The need for the clinic’s services to working low-income people is growing, she said, as the cost of medical care continues to climb. Murphy saw the demand for clinic services decline when the Affordable Care Act first became law, but in recent years that demand has risen again, and she sees no end in sight.
Not only has Murphy donated her time, she also directed an $8,000 donation to the clinic from her mother’s foundation, the Elizabeth E. Murphy Foundation. Elizabeth Murphy died in 2005.
“I was very pleased to be able to stand in my mother’s shoes,” she said, “and direct that donation from the family foundation.”
Laine MacWilliam - Volunteer Spotlight
For nearly 8 years, Laine MacWilliam has been providing the priceless donation of her time as a volunteer in our clinic. For seven years, she volunteered every Thursday, and continued to volunteer two days each month after taking on a full-time job as a realtor. Next month will mark her 8 year anniversary of her start date. In all, she has dedicated over 2,800 hours of service with us. With 42 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, she has been a true asset to our organization, and to our community. In fact, last year, she was the recipient of the Presidential National Point of Light Award for volunteerism. We are truly blessed to have her on our team, and are extremely proud of her amazing accomplishments!
In addition to her incredible donation of time and volunteer services, Laine has taken the spirit of giving to another level. She is a realtor, and is donating 10% of the commission she earns with each sale to underwrite patient services provided through our clinic. Her dedication to helping others truly embodies what it means to be a philanthropist. We celebrate you, Laine, for finding a creative business approach to help make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
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.
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