Current news and updates regarding the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Community.

Gut Feeling

by Caroline Benitez

While many of us are used to making decisions based on a gut feeling, it takes more than intuition to know your risk of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer refers to cancer of the digestive tract- specifically, cancer occurring in the large intestine (colon) or rectum. Roughly 148,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in 2019. That makes it the fourth most common kind of cancer in the United States.

Early detection is key to fighting this disease. Screening through stool samples and colonoscopies are tools used to catch early warning signs of colorectal cancer, such as blood in the stool or precancerous polyps. The CDC recommends that anyone between the ages of 50 and 75 get screened for colorectal cancer. Thanks to a partnership with Lakeland Surgical and Diagnostics, LVIM is able to ensure that our patients get the screening colonoscopies that they need.

Whether you’re due for a screening or still have some time to go, it’s never too early to take action! Below are some small steps you can take to lower your risk of colorectal cancer.

Get screened

Factors such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or a family history of cancer increase your risk. Talk to your doctor to find out the right time for you to start screening.

Quit Smoking

Stopping use of cigarettes and tobacco products is a good call to prevent all kinds of cancers. Studies estimate that anywhere from 15-20% of all colon cancer cases can be attributed to smoking.

Get moving

Because being overweight can be a negative risk factor, increasing your daily physical activity is a step in the right direction. Try walking with friends or family for a fun and free form of exercise!

Try a healthier diet

While no single food or diet is proven to prevent cancer, research suggests that cutting back on animal fats and adding fiber in the form of whole grains, vegetables, and nuts could promote good colon health.

About LVIM

LVIM provides free, high-quality, out-patient medical, dental, and mental health care to the working uninsured of Polk County in a compassionate manner. Through 19 years of excellent leadership, LVIM has grown into a thriving and crucial organization for the Polk County community serving the health care needs of over 4,300 eligible patients each year and providing over $9 million in services in 2019 alone. At LVIM the treatment is free, the care is priceless!

To find out if you qualify please visit https://www.lvim.net/our-work/ or call (863) 688-5846.

“Basic Information about Colorectal Cancer.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Feb. 2020, www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/index.htm.

“Colorectal Cancer.” American Cancer Society, 2020, www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer.html.

2019 Nonprofit of the Year

LVIM is incredibly honored to have received the Nonprofit of the Year Award at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Honors event last week!  The applications were judged by Executives of Chambers from around the country.

Without our volunteers, staff, board members and the community this would not be possible.

This is one of the BEST birthday presents!

Healthy Hearts

by Caroline Benitez

At Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM), we strive to put heart into everything that we do. When it comes to getting our patients on track toward good health, understanding their heart health is the best place to start.

According to the CDC, nearly 75 million adults in the United States live with chronic high blood pressure – and only an average of 54% of these people have their condition under control. Having high blood pressure puts a person at an increased risk for serious conditions like heart disease and stroke down the road. As of 2019, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Knowing your numbers is the first step towards controlling your risk against heart disease. That’s why we decided it was important to make sure patients have the tools they need to take control of their heart health.

Thanks to a grant from the Florida Association for Free and Charitable Clinics, LVIM was able to purchase 41 blood pressure monitors and develop a lending program. Patients can take a monitor home and track their blood pressure metrics ahead of their next visit. Collecting these readings in a relaxed home environment over an extended period allows for accurate results- and accurate results lets patients and providers work together to create a plan to tackle high blood pressure.

Small solutions like home monitoring really do make a big difference in the fight against heart disease. As of December 2019, 63% of LVIM hypertensive patients were evaluated as having blood pressure in good control during their most recent visit. Access to life changing medications, along with lifestyle changes like a healthy diet and exercise, gives LVIM patients the boost they need to keep their hearts beating strong for a long and healthy life.

LVIM provides free, high-quality, out-patient medical, dental, and mental health care to the working uninsured of Polk County in a compassionate manner. Through 19 years of excellent leadership, LVIM has grown into a thriving and crucial organization for the Polk County community serving the health care needs of over 4,300 eligible patients each year and providing nearly $10 million in services in 2019 alone. At LVIM the treatment is free, the care is priceless!

To find out if you qualify please visit https://www.lvim.net/our-work/ or call (863) 688-5846.

Dr. Robert Chapman’s Farewell

After more than three years of service at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, Dr. Chapman announced that he will be retiring from his role as Medical Director. Dr. Chapman’s efforts to recruit volunteer medical providers throughout the community and expand services available for LVIM patients has been integral to fulfilling LVIM’s mission of providing high quality medical care to the working uninsured of Polk County. The recent additions of much needed screening services, such as colonoscopies, low dose CT scans, and sleep studies to screen for sleep apnea, would not have been possible without Dr. Chapman’s efforts.

“It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as Medical director at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. The position has been wonderful and has afforded me the ability to work for a most noble cause,” stated Dr. Chapman. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work.”

Regarding plans for retirement, Dr. Chapman looks forward to traveling and spending time with family members and friends across the country. He pledged his continued support of LVIM and intends to continue seeing patients as a volunteer medical provider.

The position of Medical Director will be filled by Dr. Fred Schreiber, MD beginning January 1st, 2020. Dr. Schreiber received his doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his background includes over 35 years at Watson Clinic as a Hematologist and Oncologist.  In addition, Dr. Schreiber has been volunteering at LVIM for over three years in this specialty.  Dr. Chapman expressed his confidence that his successor will be an excellent addition to the LVIM team. With the addition of Dr. Schreiber, Dr. Chapman said, “LVIM is getting an upgrade.”

STAR WARS EPISODE IX

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS IN THE LINK BELOW.

DSM is doing a private showing of Star Wars fundraiser again this year and one of the agencies that people can choose a direct donation for is LVIM.

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  Thank you

 

LVIM Will Be Closed For Thanksgiving

Welcome Ginny!

Ginny Sigle is the new Director of Development and Communications at Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine (LVIM).  She has a background in sales as well as healthcare.  She received her MBA from Saint Leo University in 2018 and has a Black Belt Certification in Six Sigma.  Ginny fell in love with the community when she moved to Lakeland 13 years ago.  She is a graduate of both Leadership Lakeland (Class XXXIV) and Leadership Polk (Class XII).  She has served on the board of Camp Fire Sunshine Council, a member of United Way of Central Florida’s Community Investment Team, a member of the organizing committee for 1 Million Cups Lakeland, Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator for Cleveland Heights 4-Ball Invitational, and a member of the Steering Committee for Family Fundamentals.  In her spare time Ginny loves to run, read, travel and spend time with her family.

We’ve Received a 4-Star Rating!

We’ve received a 4-star rating from @[Charity Navigator], which means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy!

Check out our @[Charity Navigator] profile to learn more!

Winner, Winner!!

CONGRATULATIONS to LVIM patient, Sandra Wilson on winning the $500 Publix gift card in our Steps to Good Health Program. A great big THANK YOU to the YMCA of Central Florida for this collaborative program to help our patients get and stay happy and healthy.

It’s A Party for LVIM

Join us for this fantastic event on October 19th! Live entertainment by Claire Petrie, raffles, food trucks and a silent auction, all benefiting LVIM. See you on October 19th.