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A Successful Health Screening Day at CVIM
On November 15, CVIM in conjunction with Mount Nittany Health held a free Health Screening in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month. In addition to medical and dental tests, attendees were given advice on adopting a healthy lifestyle. Of the 33 participants, six patients without medical insurance or with a family member who needed our services were identified.
Providers and their staffs expressed their pleasure with being able to help our patients. And the patients were most grateful for the services provided.
CVIM Clinical Nurse
Dr. Dorota Romeo
Bethany Tessitore, Albrecht Audiology
233 Easterly Parkway, State College
Dr. Christine Zlupko, Optometrist
Restore Eye Care P.C., 100 Oakwood Ave, State College
Blood Pressure Screening:
Kate Yarnell, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Adult Immunization Advice:
Becca Wytiaz, Pharm D student, University of Pittsburgh
Craig Turner & Amy McOsker, Fit for Play
Heather Harpster, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Lung Health & Smoking Cessation:
Adreinne Wise, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Battle of the Minds Sees Largest Turnout Ever
In 2007, the State College Rotary Club combined with CVIM on the Thanks for Giving fundraiser to benefit CVIM. Joanne Steindorf and the original planning group heard of a trivia night benefit in another state and thought it was a great idea. This led to the “Battle of the Minds“, our signature annual event. The 10th anniversary, celebrated on October 4, featured 420 people in attendance and raised $99,500 bringing the ten-year total to over $994,000.
During a delectable dinner at the Penn Stater Conference Center, 42 table teams were challenged by 55 trivia questions, such as “What is TV’s most frequent Final Jeopardy category question?” and “How many prescriptions did CVIM write over the past year?” The winner this year was Team X, sponsored by Centre Diagnostic Imaging, who also contributes in-kind medical services to CVIM.
Vital to the success of Battle of the Minds has been the continuing commitment of Rotarian Roy Adams, who chairs the event planning committee, and CVIM Development Director Sue Forster, who provides publicity and administrative support. Ten-year sponsors deserving special recognition include Mount Nittany Health, Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis, Babst Calland Attorneys, Blake and Linda Gall, and RE/MAX Centre Realty.
Central Cycling Classic
The Central Cycling Classic (formerly Cycling for Care) was held on Saturday, June 24th. The event included the option of…
- A Metric Century (61miles): 8am
- A Half Metric Century (30 miles): 9am
- An 8.3 mile loop: 10am
..through picturesque Central Pennsylvania.
Lunch was provided by Jersey Mike’s and riders were entered to win numerous raffle items donated by the local bicycle shops and restaurants.
CVIM's Volunteer Representative of the Year
Each year Centre County Council for Human Services agencies nominate at least one volunteer to be honored at the annual Rose Cologne dinner.
This year CVIM’s representative was Arian Zarkower. Arian started volunteering at CVIM in March of 2003, one month after CVIM opened its doors to the uninsured. As a member of the Medication Assistance Program (MAP), Arian was one of the founders in developing a unique process to obtain free medications for our patients. Arian has seen the program change from manually filling out applications to having it all computerized.
Give Kids a Smile and Vision for the Future Day
On April 7th Centre Volunteers in Medicine held the 14th Annual Give Kids a Smile and Vision for the Future Day. Over 80 children, ages 1–18 received free comprehensive dental care and free vision screenings, all thanks to the caring hearts of many local professionals. The one-day event was held at the Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics
offices where their dentists and orthodontist were joined by other local dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants to provide care to uninsured children.
Dr. Marla Moon and the staff of Nittany Eye Associates Grays Woods provided screenings and additional vision care as needed. Volunteers were on hand to register children and hand out goodie bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunglasses and educational information.This year’s event was sponsored once again by the State College Kiwanis in conjunction with their dedication to children’s oral health.
Thrivent Choice Program
CVIM has been approved to participate in the Thrivent Choice program. If you are a Thrivent Financial member you are now able to direct your Choice Dollars to be donated to CVIM. Thanks to volunteer, Sharon Bressler for nominating CVIM. More Information
CVIM Fill the Gaps Where Insurance Falls Short
By Jeremy Hartley
“Everyone has a right to quality health care.”
The words of Centre Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director Cheryl White sum up the attitude of what CVIM is and what the volunteers do.
The longstanding Centre County medical care provider, which first opened its doors in 2003, according to its website, offers numerous medical services, assistance and case management to the under- or uninsured residents and workers of the county. For those who qualify, CVIM provides an avenue to turn to for much-needed medical care.
“We’re the free clinic in town,” White said. “We serve about 1,000 unique patients a year. We have 199 volunteers who do everything from see the patients to take out the trash.”
CVIM describes itself as the “medical home” for its patients, according to its website. Similar to a family practice, the organization provides physical exams and acute care while treating chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Specific health care for women is also provided, the site said, including cancer screenings and birth control counseling.
CVIM also provides medication assistance, the site said, providing many medicines to patients at no cost. Medications are obtained through applications to “indigent drug programs” through pharmaceutical companies, bulk drug purchases and payments to partnering pharmacies.
The volunteers come from the various health care providers in the county, White said, and includes physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and lay volunteers. CVIM partners with Mount Nittany Medical Center, Geisinger Health and Hershey Medical Center, but also partners with Penn State education through residency programs, health policy administration and social work interns.
By far, she said, the dental program is the most in-demand service, with 1,200 people waiting for a first-time appointment. CVIM employs a staff dentist who is able to provide service twice a week.
Dental services most sought at the clinic include emergency evaluations, extractions, basic cleanings and diagnostic referrals, the website said.
While the need for medical service remains high, CVIM also provides case management service, the website said, acknowledging the need for basics such as housing, heat and food. The organization acts as an entry point for these other “safety net” services in the county, White said, while seeking to enroll visitors in any insurance they may qualify for.
“If we can get them an affordable insurance, then that’s one more person that can come in our door if we have one less patient,” she said.
Funding for CVIM is partly provided through United Way, White said, but “95 percent of our funding comes right from the community.”