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VANCOUVER, WA PERMIT NO. 243 4100 Plomondon St Vancouver, WA 98661 Phone: (360) 313-1390 Fax: (360) 313-1391 www.freeclinics.org Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

2013

PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Board of Directors Todd Horenstein - President Steve Mosier - Vice President Michael Strickland, RPh - Secretary Ron Bertolucci - Past President Gerry Bader, MD LeAnne Bremer, JD Steve Ebert, MD Jeff Fries, OD William Lockwood, SVP Peter Lubisich IV, DDS Alan Melnick, MD, MPH Susan Nieman, MN, BSN, RN John Nusser, MD Tricia Roscoe Gene Sakai, DMD Maryann Schwab Sr. Beth Taylor, CSJP Sally Williams, MD

Staff

Barbe West Executive Director Jeremy Cain Patient Care Coordinator Elizabeth Fitzgearld Clinic Coordinator Jared Hawthorne Oral Health Coordinator Liz Meyer Dental Van Coordinator Carolyn Noack Dental Program Manager Praneeti Parjan Clinic Director Zac Sanders Dispensary Coordinator Frances Sandoval Medical Office Coordinator Samantha Tracy Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager Toni Wise Communications & Development Manager Kim Wolfe Patient Care Coordinator Donate online anytime at freeclinics.org! 4

Gold

Young Adult Age 15-25 250 hours or more Sandy Dang, RDA Alina Protsenko Jarrod Roldan Megan Short Adult Age 26 + 500 hours or more Susan Davis, MD

You are invited to join the

Dr. Beall Stewardship Society Vancouver physician, Dr. Samuel T. Beall, was a co-founder of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. His commitment to provide free, quality, compassionate care to people in need remains the basis for the Free Clinic’s mission to this day. Your automatic monthly contribution is a simple way to make a continuous difference in the lives of others. When you join the Dr. Beall Stewardship Society, you determine any amount to be conveniently and safely withdrawn each month from your bank account, and donated to the Free Clinic. You may stop at any time. Please contact Toni Wise at 360.313.1388 or toni@freeclinics.org for an enrollment form.

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NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE

Silver

Young Adult Age 15-25 175 to 249 hours Lindsay Dotson Michael Scalone Travis Robinson Joanne Tustinson, RDH Adult Age 26 + 250 to 499 hours Carolina Garcia, RN Vicky Van De Grift, RDA

Bronze

Young Adult Age 15-25 100 to 174 hours Ally Bush Emily Cooke, RDH Tien Dang Kamaile Kanekoa Shanna Kinonen Madeline Larson, RDA Tessa Marx, RDA Amanda Washington These 43 Volunteers completed 8,415.79 Hours!

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SPRING 2014

VOLUNTEERING TOGETHER, AS A FAMILY If you happen to be a patient at the Free Clinic on the first Wednesday of the month, the person who checks you in might be the daughter of the nurse who treats you, who might be the wife of the person who receives your prescription, who might be the father of the person who gives you your medicine. That’s because, on that particular morning, the Noricks are on duty. Kari Norick, RPh, was a pharmacist at Southwest Washington Medical Center (now PeaceHealth) in 2005, when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was a time of fear and uncertainty for Kari and her entire family. Kari’s cancer survival created a personal resolve in her, to “give back”, so in 2007, she began volunteering in the dispensary at the Free Clinic. Kari’s mom, Sharon Norick, worked with Kari as a Registered Nurse. It felt natural that she should volunteer at the Free Clinic, too. After a time, Kari’s sister, Stephanie Walters, jokingly says she was becoming a little jealous, hearing about the gratification her mom and sister gained volunteering at the Free Clinic, not to mention the fun they had going to lunch together afterward. So, in November of 2012, Stephanie signed on as a volunteer. She started out utilizing her experience in advertising, helping with a social media campaign, and eventually learned the ropes registering patients. That left Randy Norick, the girls’ father and Sharon’s husband. Something about the experience the women were having at the Free Clinic attracted him. A machinist Adult Age 26 + 100 to 249 hours Rachel Allan, RN Drew Becker Lori Best, MA-C Ron Bright Jeff Dreon Steve Ebner, MD Karina Floyd Ashley Folkers Samuel George, MD Jackie Grande-Palen Steven Groman, MD Stina Harris

Sue Jacobs, RN Amber Jordan, RN Sue Kohut Elaine Meis, C.N.A. Christina Negrete, RDH Chad Peru, RN Teresa Rasmussen Bob Rosenthal, MD Howard Scalone, DO George Sims, MD Danielle Tirjer Alex Zatarain

by trade, he didn’t know if there would be a job for him at the Free Clinic, but in February of 2013, he signed up to be a clerk in the dispensary, working side-by-side with Kari. “We’re not here to make a buck, but to save somebody a buck. I appreciate coming here, ” says Randy. “Now that we are all doing it (volunteering), it’s become more important to us,” Sharon says. “We are giving back to the community – together.” Kari and Stephanie agree they will be recruiting their other sister to volunteer with the rest of them, when she’s visiting from out of town this summer. “When we were kids, we went fishing as a family, stacked wood as a family, and worked in the garden as a family,” says Stephanie. It makes perfect sense that they serve their community as a family. Photo, clockwise from top left: Randy Norick; Stephanie Walters; Kari Norick, RPh; Sharon Norick, RN


A STEADFAST MISSION To provide and facilitate access to free, compassionate, quality

health care for children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services As the health care industry is changing around us, we want to assure you that the Free Clinic’s mission will not change. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not offer insurance for everyone in our community. In 2013, there were 62,000 uninsured individuals in Clark County. Uninsured/underinsured projections for our community in 2014 are approximately 30,000-32,000. The Free Clinic’s volunteers will continue to serve the uninsured and underinsured who need access to free, compassionate quality health care. We will also maintain our substantial and long-term relationships with the safety-net health care clinics and the major health care systems in Clark County.

PAGE 1 Recognizing Volunteers

PAGE 2 Update from the Executive Director and Board President Welcome, Susan Nieman

PAGE 3 Our Volunteer Program Directors PAGE 4 The Dr. Beall Stewardship Society

Volunteers in 2013 worked 29,730 hours at the Free Clinic! Charitable Giving as part of your estate plan offers tax benefits, and preserves economic security for you and your loved ones. Your generosity could make a difference for generations to come. Please consider the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington when planning your estate. Call us. 360.313.1388

We are very fortunate to have 600 volunteers who are dedicated to give the very best care and service for everyone who walks through the front door of the Free Clinic (there were 11,000 visits in 2013). In addition, there are over 250 specialists and dentists in the community who provide specialized care in their offices for Free Clinic patients. Some of the services currently provided at the Free Clinic may be modified to better meet the needs of the uninsured, but our core functions of urgent medical and dental care, medication assistance, vision and immunizations, short-term diabetes care, and specialty and oral health services coordination in the community, will continue to be a priority. Again, these services for people in need are made possible by our generous and loyal volunteers. Please help us honor this extraordinary group of committed individuals at 5:30 on April 18 at the Free Clinic, for a Volunteer Open House celebration.

Barbe West Executive Director

Todd Horenstein President, Board of Directors

SUSAN NIEMAN JOINS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is pleased to welcome Susan Nieman, MN/BSN/RN, to its board of directors. Nieman is an instructor in the medical-surgical and psychiatric nursing programs at Clark College. She is also a registered nurse and training officer in the United States Army Reserve. She was deployed 2009-2010 and all of 2012 to Afghanistan, providing primary mental health care management to soldiers. Nieman is a graduate of the Clark College nursing program. Her Master of Nursing and Nurse Educator Certificate were achieved at Washington State University.

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VOLUNTEERS STEER MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROGRAMS

Susan Davis, MD, Volunteer Medical Director

It was 1990, and Dr. Susan Davis was just beginning her practice with the Family Physician’s Group, when she met the Free Clinic’s first Clinic Director, Marcia Howery. “Marcia always knew how to make people want to support the Free Clinic,” Susan says. She began volunteering a few evenings a month at the Free Clinic during its first years. She also worked at Larch Corrections Center during that time. “Both low income people and inmates have a lot of barriers to health,” said Susan. “I realized early on that I really like charity medicine. This was what I was meant to do.” She soon became more and more involved with the Free Clinic, joining its Board of Directors in 1999. Susan became the Free Clinic’s Medical Director in 2001. By 2008, she was thinking about ways she could work exclusively with people who experience barriers to health, and in 2011, circumstances allowed her to quit her “day” job, and spend lots more time at the Free Clinic. She’s present almost every day during urgent care clinics. Last year, she logged 500 volunteer hours. She also volunteers at New Heights Clinic. Susan reviews charts, analyzing lab and x-ray results, and coordinates referrals to specialists in the community. The thing she loves most is being in the clinic, providing care to patients and working with other volunteer providers. “I’m so impressed with all the people who come together to make sure people receive good care. The doctors get all the credit, but there are so many people who give their time and skills to get the job done.” Over the past 20+ years, Susan has seen the patient population at the Free Clinic shift according to the economy, and other factors. Susan firmly believes “the need for free, quality, compassionate care may lessen or it may change, but it will always be here.”

Peter Lubisich IV, DMD, MS Volunteer Dental Director “Determine that the thing can be done and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” Abraham Lincoln Dr. Peter Lubisich lives by these words of our 16th President, reinforced by a determined optimism and a commitment to helping people in need. Peter’s involvement with the Free Clinic began in 2005. He had been practicing pediatric dentistry in Vancouver for two years, when an anonymous donor presented the Free Clinic with the funds to purchase the mobile dental van, with the request that the van be used primarily to help children. Peter was the first dentist to volunteer on the van. He still works in it at least once a month.

The Lubisich Family - Jakob, Peter IV, Brooklynn, Peter V, and Michelle

Peter has served on the Free Clinic Board of Directors since 2007. Three years ago, he became the Free Clinic’s Dental Director. In this capacity, he not only gives direct care to kids in the dental van, he makes referral decisions about patient care, is involved in hiring of dental program staff, helps coordinate a team of dental volunteers, chairs the Dental Program Advisory Committee, and advises the dental program manager when needed. “We have a wonderful team,” Peter says, of the 80+ volunteers who serve in the dental program. “Everyone at the Free Clinic is motivated by a desire to help people in need, over material or personal gain. That’s what makes it such a great place.” Peter credits his faith and his family for providing guidance and support in his commitment to give back to his community. To describe why he devotes himself to the patients at the Free Clinic, Peter paraphrases a quote from The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough: “Men and women of talent were ambitious to excel. Not to become famous or rich or powerful. But to excel and be the best they could possibly be.”

Community support helps build a healthy community. Donate online anytime at freeclinics.org! 3


A STEADFAST MISSION To provide and facilitate access to free, compassionate, quality

health care for children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services As the health care industry is changing around us, we want to assure you that the Free Clinic’s mission will not change. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not offer insurance for everyone in our community. In 2013, there were 62,000 uninsured individuals in Clark County. Uninsured/underinsured projections for our community in 2014 are approximately 30,000-32,000. The Free Clinic’s volunteers will continue to serve the uninsured and underinsured who need access to free, compassionate quality health care. We will also maintain our substantial and long-term relationships with the safety-net health care clinics and the major health care systems in Clark County.

PAGE 1 Recognizing Volunteers

PAGE 2 Update from the Executive Director and Board President Welcome, Susan Nieman

PAGE 3 Our Volunteer Program Directors PAGE 4 The Dr. Beall Stewardship Society

Volunteers in 2013 worked 29,730 hours at the Free Clinic! Charitable Giving as part of your estate plan offers tax benefits, and preserves economic security for you and your loved ones. Your generosity could make a difference for generations to come. Please consider the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington when planning your estate. Call us. 360.313.1388

We are very fortunate to have 600 volunteers who are dedicated to give the very best care and service for everyone who walks through the front door of the Free Clinic (there were 11,000 visits in 2013). In addition, there are over 250 specialists and dentists in the community who provide specialized care in their offices for Free Clinic patients. Some of the services currently provided at the Free Clinic may be modified to better meet the needs of the uninsured, but our core functions of urgent medical and dental care, medication assistance, vision and immunizations, short-term diabetes care, and specialty and oral health services coordination in the community, will continue to be a priority. Again, these services for people in need are made possible by our generous and loyal volunteers. Please help us honor this extraordinary group of committed individuals at 5:30 on April 18 at the Free Clinic, for a Volunteer Open House celebration.

Barbe West Executive Director

Todd Horenstein President, Board of Directors

SUSAN NIEMAN JOINS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is pleased to welcome Susan Nieman, MN/BSN/RN, to its board of directors. Nieman is an instructor in the medical-surgical and psychiatric nursing programs at Clark College. She is also a registered nurse and training officer in the United States Army Reserve. She was deployed 2009-2010 and all of 2012 to Afghanistan, providing primary mental health care management to soldiers. Nieman is a graduate of the Clark College nursing program. Her Master of Nursing and Nurse Educator Certificate were achieved at Washington State University.

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Would you prefer to save resources, and receive The Examiner electronically? Email toni@freeclinics.org, and put “E-Newsletter” in the subject line.

VOLUNTEERS STEER MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROGRAMS

Susan Davis, MD, Volunteer Medical Director

It was 1990, and Dr. Susan Davis was just beginning her practice with the Family Physician’s Group, when she met the Free Clinic’s first Clinic Director, Marcia Howery. “Marcia always knew how to make people want to support the Free Clinic,” Susan says. She began volunteering a few evenings a month at the Free Clinic during its first years. She also worked at Larch Corrections Center during that time. “Both low income people and inmates have a lot of barriers to health,” said Susan. “I realized early on that I really like charity medicine. This was what I was meant to do.” She soon became more and more involved with the Free Clinic, joining its Board of Directors in 1999. Susan became the Free Clinic’s Medical Director in 2001. By 2008, she was thinking about ways she could work exclusively with people who experience barriers to health, and in 2011, circumstances allowed her to quit her “day” job, and spend lots more time at the Free Clinic. She’s present almost every day during urgent care clinics. Last year, she logged 500 volunteer hours. She also volunteers at New Heights Clinic. Susan reviews charts, analyzing lab and x-ray results, and coordinates referrals to specialists in the community. The thing she loves most is being in the clinic, providing care to patients and working with other volunteer providers. “I’m so impressed with all the people who come together to make sure people receive good care. The doctors get all the credit, but there are so many people who give their time and skills to get the job done.” Over the past 20+ years, Susan has seen the patient population at the Free Clinic shift according to the economy, and other factors. Susan firmly believes “the need for free, quality, compassionate care may lessen or it may change, but it will always be here.”

Peter Lubisich IV, DMD, MS Volunteer Dental Director “Determine that the thing can be done and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” Abraham Lincoln Dr. Peter Lubisich lives by these words of our 16th President, reinforced by a determined optimism and a commitment to helping people in need. Peter’s involvement with the Free Clinic began in 2005. He had been practicing pediatric dentistry in Vancouver for two years, when an anonymous donor presented the Free Clinic with the funds to purchase the mobile dental van, with the request that the van be used primarily to help children. Peter was the first dentist to volunteer on the van. He still works in it at least once a month.

The Lubisich Family - Jakob, Peter IV, Brooklynn, Peter V, and Michelle

Peter has served on the Free Clinic Board of Directors since 2007. Three years ago, he became the Free Clinic’s Dental Director. In this capacity, he not only gives direct care to kids in the dental van, he makes referral decisions about patient care, is involved in hiring of dental program staff, helps coordinate a team of dental volunteers, chairs the Dental Program Advisory Committee, and advises the dental program manager when needed. “We have a wonderful team,” Peter says, of the 80+ volunteers who serve in the dental program. “Everyone at the Free Clinic is motivated by a desire to help people in need, over material or personal gain. That’s what makes it such a great place.” Peter credits his faith and his family for providing guidance and support in his commitment to give back to his community. To describe why he devotes himself to the patients at the Free Clinic, Peter paraphrases a quote from The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough: “Men and women of talent were ambitious to excel. Not to become famous or rich or powerful. But to excel and be the best they could possibly be.”

Community support helps build a healthy community. Donate online anytime at freeclinics.org! 3


PAID

VANCOUVER, WA PERMIT NO. 243 4100 Plomondon St Vancouver, WA 98661 Phone: (360) 313-1390 Fax: (360) 313-1391 www.freeclinics.org Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

2013

PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Board of Directors Todd Horenstein - President Steve Mosier - Vice President Michael Strickland, RPh - Secretary Ron Bertolucci - Past President Gerry Bader, MD LeAnne Bremer, JD Steve Ebert, MD Jeff Fries, OD William Lockwood, SVP Peter Lubisich IV, DDS Alan Melnick, MD, MPH Susan Nieman, MN, BSN, RN John Nusser, MD Tricia Roscoe Gene Sakai, DMD Maryann Schwab Sr. Beth Taylor, CSJP Sally Williams, MD

Staff

Barbe West Executive Director Jeremy Cain Patient Care Coordinator Elizabeth Fitzgearld Clinic Coordinator Jared Hawthorne Oral Health Coordinator Liz Meyer Dental Van Coordinator Carolyn Noack Dental Program Manager Praneeti Parjan Clinic Director Zac Sanders Dispensary Coordinator Frances Sandoval Medical Office Coordinator Samantha Tracy Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager Toni Wise Communications & Development Manager Kim Wolfe Patient Care Coordinator Donate online anytime at freeclinics.org! 4

Gold

Young Adult Age 15-25 250 hours or more Sandy Dang, RDA Alina Protsenko Jarrod Roldan Megan Short Adult Age 26 + 500 hours or more Susan Davis, MD

You are invited to join the

Dr. Beall Stewardship Society Vancouver physician, Dr. Samuel T. Beall, was a co-founder of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. His commitment to provide free, quality, compassionate care to people in need remains the basis for the Free Clinic’s mission to this day. Your automatic monthly contribution is a simple way to make a continuous difference in the lives of others. When you join the Dr. Beall Stewardship Society, you determine any amount to be conveniently and safely withdrawn each month from your bank account, and donated to the Free Clinic. You may stop at any time. Please contact Toni Wise at 360.313.1388 or toni@freeclinics.org for an enrollment form.

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The

NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE

Silver

Young Adult Age 15-25 175 to 249 hours Lindsay Dotson Michael Scalone Travis Robinson Joanne Tustinson, RDH Adult Age 26 + 250 to 499 hours Carolina Garcia, RN Vicky Van De Grift, RDA

Bronze

Young Adult Age 15-25 100 to 174 hours Ally Bush Emily Cooke, RDH Tien Dang Kamaile Kanekoa Shanna Kinonen Madeline Larson, RDA Tessa Marx, RDA Amanda Washington These 43 Volunteers completed 8,415.79 Hours!

xaminer

SPRING 2014

VOLUNTEERING TOGETHER, AS A FAMILY If you happen to be a patient at the Free Clinic on the first Wednesday of the month, the person who checks you in might be the daughter of the nurse who treats you, who might be the wife of the person who receives your prescription, who might be the father of the person who gives you your medicine. That’s because, on that particular morning, the Noricks are on duty. Kari Norick, RPh, was a pharmacist at Southwest Washington Medical Center (now PeaceHealth) in 2005, when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was a time of fear and uncertainty for Kari and her entire family. Kari’s cancer survival created a personal resolve in her, to “give back”, so in 2007, she began volunteering in the dispensary at the Free Clinic. Kari’s mom, Sharon Norick, worked with Kari as a Registered Nurse. It felt natural that she should volunteer at the Free Clinic, too. After a time, Kari’s sister, Stephanie Walters, jokingly says she was becoming a little jealous, hearing about the gratification her mom and sister gained volunteering at the Free Clinic, not to mention the fun they had going to lunch together afterward. So, in November of 2012, Stephanie signed on as a volunteer. She started out utilizing her experience in advertising, helping with a social media campaign, and eventually learned the ropes registering patients. That left Randy Norick, the girls’ father and Sharon’s husband. Something about the experience the women were having at the Free Clinic attracted him. A machinist Adult Age 26 + 100 to 249 hours Rachel Allan, RN Drew Becker Lori Best, MA-C Ron Bright Jeff Dreon Steve Ebner, MD Karina Floyd Ashley Folkers Samuel George, MD Jackie Grande-Palen Steven Groman, MD Stina Harris

Sue Jacobs, RN Amber Jordan, RN Sue Kohut Elaine Meis, C.N.A. Christina Negrete, RDH Chad Peru, RN Teresa Rasmussen Bob Rosenthal, MD Howard Scalone, DO George Sims, MD Danielle Tirjer Alex Zatarain

by trade, he didn’t know if there would be a job for him at the Free Clinic, but in February of 2013, he signed up to be a clerk in the dispensary, working side-by-side with Kari. “We’re not here to make a buck, but to save somebody a buck. I appreciate coming here, ” says Randy. “Now that we are all doing it (volunteering), it’s become more important to us,” Sharon says. “We are giving back to the community – together.” Kari and Stephanie agree they will be recruiting their other sister to volunteer with the rest of them, when she’s visiting from out of town this summer. “When we were kids, we went fishing as a family, stacked wood as a family, and worked in the garden as a family,” says Stephanie. It makes perfect sense that they serve their community as a family. Photo, clockwise from top left: Randy Norick; Stephanie Walters; Kari Norick, RPh; Sharon Norick, RN

The Free Clinic Examiner Spring 2014  

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