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Volunteers in Medicine seeks award nominees


Hundreds of medical professionals in Central Oregon donate thousands of hours each year to care for those who cannot afford, or do not have, access to healthcare. Many volunteer close to home, while others travel around the world to serve those in need.

“As a local medical clinic for the low-income, uninsured, we see these dedicated professionals in our clinic every day, donating their skills and filling their passion to serve others,” states Kat Mastrangelo, Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM). “The Ronald E. Carver, MD Heart of Healthcare Award is our way of honoring these exceptional Central Oregon volunteers who live the work they love.”

The award is named after Ronald E. Carver, MD, the first medical director of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades, and one of the founders of VIM. In previous years, VIM presented Heart of Healthcare Awards to Michael L. Mara, MD, Colette M. Whelan, RN, J. Randall Jacobs, MD and Catherine Quas, DMD. Short videos of their work can be seen on our website at

Nominations are open to any Central Oregon doctor, dentist, nurse, mental health provider, or other licensed medical professional who volunteers their time to care for the health of others. In 2014, we are honoring our Heart of Healthcare Award recipient at the April 7 th Central Oregon Medical Society dinner, held at St. Charles Conference Center.

Nomination guidelines are available at For more information, contact Beth Larsen at (541) 585-9007 or Application deadline is February 21, 2014.

About Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades

Since 2004, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) has been caring for the health of low-income, uninsured people who work or live in Deschutes County, free of charge, by utilizing the collaborative power of medical and lay-person volunteers. The clinic is located at 2300 NE Neff Road in Bend. For more information, visit or call 541.330.9001.

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