CVIM Welcomes New Board Members: We are exceedingly grateful to the organizations and foundations that have consistently designated donated funds annually in support of our dental program.
Eric Y. Eichler, Malvern and Stacy Sempier, Paoli, recently joined our Board of Directors. Eric is returning to the Board after serving from 2002-2007. He is Maureen Lok and Marty Laney, both members of the Main Line Quilters, the Chairman ofrecently LCOR,donated Berwyn, as well as a past Board member of the Academy beautiful handmade quilted aprons to be used in the clinic’s of Natural Science, Philadelphia; Governor of Urban Land Institute past seasonal cooking classes. The classes for patients enrolled in theand clinic’s Board member ofnutrition the National Multi Housing Council. therapy program feature healthy recipes and are designed to involve the whole family in preparing and eating the meals prepared. The aprons will Stacy is the Director of Cardiovascular Marketing for Main Line Health Service. be worn by the staff and volunteers who offer the classes four times annually. She is a retired VP for Global Product & Communications Thank you for sharing your Marketing talents Maureen and Marty! From left,Healthcare Rachel IT Division at Siemens Medical Solutions andLok, a past President and Frost, CVIM Nutritionist, Maureen MainBoard Line Quilter member andcurrent Volunteer for Home of Kraut, the Sparrow. Natalie CVIM Front Office Coordinator display the aprons.
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Coming Together to Heal a Community
• 1675 Foundation Understanding that spiritual and physical health often are related, members of Main Line • Chester County Fund for Unitarian Church chose CVIM as the recipient of their May Offering Outreach. Shown here Women and Girls the $1,517 gift to CVIM President and CEO Maureen Tomoschuk (far right) are Rev. Volunteers Renee Cassidy, MD (left) and Betty Parry working to set up presenting one of several Craig C. Roshaven, Assoc. Minister and church youth member, Leah Rusenko, a volunteer at CVIM. food that greeted the CVIM volunteers, staff and Board members at the annual • tables County of Chester The clinic enjoys the generosity of faith-based organizations and welcomes inquiries on how your celebration. Dr. Cassidy volunteers her services seeing medical patients andmight Bettypartner to make a difference. church • Edgar R. Lawrence, DDS Parry offers support in the front office and medical records departments, and also serves on the Dental Hershey’s Mill Cocktail Buffet Committee and the clinic’s Volunteer Committee. Endowment • Exelon • Genuardi Family Foundation • Health & Welfare Foundation of Southern Chester County Community Volunteers In Medicine • The Patricia Kind Providing Healthcare, Hope and Healing Family Foundation 300 B Lawrence Drive • West Chester, PA 19380 • The Nelson Phone (610)Foundation 836-5990 • Fax (610) 836-5998 www.cvim.org • Paoli Odd Fellows #290 IOOF • United Way of Chester County • United Way of Southern Chester County • Westtown Goshen Rotary • XL Foundation Starbucks Coffee locations in Chester County and throughout the region support the clinics dental services by collecting hundreds of dental supplies including toothpaste, soft bristle brushes and floss. Rose Weller, Starbuck’s District Manager for Chester, Montgomery and Delaware Counties (right) and Alberta Landis, RDH, MEd, VP, Dental Services display just a fraction of the donated supplies. Starbuck’s also donates coffee to the clinic on a regular basis.
Community Volunteers In Medicine
Providing Healthcare, Hope and Healing
Dear Friends, While many of us are celebrating holidays or enjoying the simple pleasure of downtime with family and friends, there are those around us who are suffering. They are in physical and emotional pain. They are trying to regain their health while working hard to make ends meet. They are the children and adults who seek respite from their suffering at our free clinic. If we do nothing to lift them up; nothing to help relieve their pain and illness, we are merely compounding the suffering. Please join with us by supporting our mission. Your gift will directly impact the medical and dental services administered by our volunteer clinicians and core staff and more importantly the health of our community. Give now to our winter appeal so that our neighbors may continue to find the healthcare, hope and healing they deserve and desperately need.
Sincerely, Dr. Mary Wirshup, clinic medical director (left) and Stephanie Cost, longtime More than 150 attended the CVIM Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held at Westminster Presbyterian on November The event marked aStephanie milestoneserves in supporter of CVIM, chatChurch at a recent fundraiser4th. organized by Caritas. as Board Chair this purposeful of our women who at strive to improve their CVIM’s 13-year history as it was announced that the volunteers gave more than 30,000 hours of of service in the pastgathering year! Visit website www.cvim.org to see community through and compassionate acts. The Caritas hosted “Cocktails more photos taken at the event. The website also lists available volunteer opportunities. We hope youcharitable will consider joining our team! for a Cause” event held in June, featuring relaxed socializing, delicious food and elegant raffle prizes while raising $8,000 in direct support of medical care for CVIM patients.
10th Annual CVIM Golf Classic Honorary Chairs, Joseph and Amy Frick show off the Vincent “Buck” Bell, Jr. Honorary Chair trophy at the outing held on June 14 at Applebrook Golf Club. Over the decade the event has raised $1.9 million for patient care thanks to extremely generous corporate and CEO partnersMaureen who sponsorTomoschuk, and play in the President event year after year. We are particularly grateful for 10 years of support from Brushwood Stable, Siemens Healthcare, Tim & Stephanie Cost, Susan & Eric Eichler, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Citadel Federal Credit Union. For a complete listing of our 10th Anniversary Golf Classic Sponsors visit our website at www.cvim.org.
“No matter how down or ill I was, they always lifted me up.”
~ Kim Duswalt
More Than Making The Grade Spend a few minutes talking with Kim Duswalt of West Grove and you’ll find that her passion and excitement for her new career in nursing is palpable. Her first semester at the CAT Brandywine Practical Nursing Program is going well— extremely well! She has a 4.0 straight A average! But her life’s journey has not always made the grade. Several years ago, as a single mom of one son, Kim tried to start her nursing education. But the need to put food on the table and to care for her son caused her to put her dream on hold and to begin working as a waitress to help make ends meet. Like many of the patients seen at CVIM that are working in the hospitality profession, Kim was uninsured and without a family doctor. A friend told her about the free clinic, then
The CVIM staff enrolled her into the diabetes management program, including nutrition counseling, ongoing emotional support and free prescription medications. “No matter how down or ill I was, they always lifted me up. They listened. It was like being treated by good, no, really good friends who sincerely cared about me, states Kim. They even came to visit me at the restaurant!” It took a while before Kim regained her health and through it all she kept waitressing and the CVIM team kept ‘working’ on her. “Dr. Mary would call me at home often to be sure I was doing ok.” Kim tears up when she emphatically states, “Any good doctor or medical professional can deliver technically sound care—but not everyone can give you the emotional support you need to heal. The CVIM staff and volunteers did that for me.”
“Their positive attitudes are just as important as the good medicine they practice.” located in Frazer, and so she made a couple of visits for minor health problems. But, in 2004, when her health became more of an issue she began coming to CVIM’s current location in West Chester on a more regular basis. Kim’s blood sugar was out of control and she was diagnosed with diabetes. Working as a waitress at a local high-end restaurant she could not afford to have a low energy level or have her spiking and dropping blood sugar keep her off balance emotionally. She needed immediate intervention.
With her health back on track and her son now starting a new life and marriage, Kim was ready to revisit her dream to become a nurse. Enrolling in the practical nurse program had another benefit—she would have student medical insurance. But, that meant leaving CVIM at least for her medical care. As Kim states, “There is nothing worse than feeling just terrible physically and then being treated poorly. That never happened at CVIM. Their positive attitudes are just as important as the good medicine they practice.” Kim will surely remember how she was treated at CVIM as she progresses toward her nursing career. She plans to graduate in December 2012 and at some point after working for awhile she would like to continue her studies toward receiving her registered nurse license. Hearing her talk about the difficulties she has faced and her determination to make a better life for herself makes one think about the last line of the Florence Nightingale Pledge: “and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.” Kim looks forward to saying these words out loud and to a life of serving her patients. In fact, she hopes to be able to return to CVIM someday—but this time as a volunteer nurse!
Former CVIM patient, Kim Duswalt looks up from her nursing studies to share her joyful story of finding healthcare, hope and healing at the clinic.
An early autumn chill did not dampen the success of the 7th Annual Hershey’s Mill Cocktail Buffet! Held on October 2nd at the Sullivan House, the open hearts of the guests that attended the event and the dedication of the committee helped to raise $8,600 for Judy’s Cookie Jar fund. The Cookie Jar pays for patient tests and therapies provided outside of the clinic. A grateful patient who had received care at CVIM volunteered at the event in order to give back to the organization. The Cocktail Buffet is organized by current and former CVIM volunteers who live in Hershey’s Mill.
CVIM Patient Mark Nelsay
Shown here are members of the organizing committee, seated first row from left, Barbara Fitzgerald, Cathy Thorn, Audene Paulson, Betty Parry; second row from left, Mary Weaber, Beryl Grossman, Sherry Gold, Nancy Reynolds, Ruth Petkofsky; third row from left, Nancy Stock, Wilma Glendenning, Yvonne Ward and Margie Joyce. Not present for the photo, Ginny Kettenring, Virginia Fanfera, Doris Leigh and Doris Mortimer. CVIM thanks them for the visibility and funding provided to the clinic!
A Personal Message of Gratitude...