Look to the Future
Meet Dr. John Newman, our new Executive Director.
Dr. Newman joined VIM Clinic in June after serving as hospital president and Chief Medical Officer for Advocate Aurora Healthcare in Oshkosh, Wis. A general surgeon, he is a hands-on leader, sees patients at the clinic and clearly understands the role of our patients, staff, and volunteers as the Heroes in our Midst.
The definition of sustainability is “Avoiding the depletion of resources to maintain balance.”
Dr. Newman has often quoted that, “At the end of the day, patients, staff, and volunteers leave VIM with more than we had when we arrived. That is the key to our sustainability! There is something special in the sauce at VIM and while we may not know the exact ingredient, we know this. It’s in there.”
“It still is a lot of work. Meaningful, rewarding work, but old-fashioned work nonetheless.” Dr. Newman knows this is where our invaluable volunteers step up. “We need your time and we need your talent,” he said. “It’s not always about writing a check. If you are able, we need you to come over and volunteer. If you’re a nurse, we need you. You know these doctors can’t do anything without the nurses! If you’re a doctor, we need you over here laying your hands upon those we are missioned to serve. If you are fluent in Spanish, then we need you to help us communicate. Interpreters are often what we need the most. If you can’t come in,” Newman asks, “please send your prayers.”
“Your financial support is very important to sustaining our mission as well,” Dr. Newman noted. “We don’t seek or accept any money from the government and every aspect of patient care is free. Amazingly, the patients frequently reach into their wallets and donate with pride.”
“Our patients provide the fuel which drives the economic engine of this amazing Island. If we don’t care for these neighbors, then who will be there to help with our homes, our landscaping, and the fantastic resorts and restaurants? They have good and important jobs, they just can’t afford healthcare.”
“Without a doubt, you’ll get more in return than you give,” Newman noted. “It’s about joy in medicine and having purpose in life. There’s a lot to be said about people that are having fun and doing good.”
“The patients are so grateful. The dollars donated and hours given by volunteers are what make it happen.” Dr. Jack McConnell founded the clinic close to 30 years ago after an encounter with a local resident. “I would challenge people to do what Dr. Jack did,” Dr. Newman said. “When you’re talking to someone working on the Island, inquire where they get their healthcare. If they say, it’s VIM Clinic, be proud you helped take care of them. If they say they haven’t seen somebody in years, let them know they deserve Health and Wellness and to maybe give Volunteers in Medicine Clinic a call.”
Help us, help them, help you! We are all better together.