Dr. Regali has been with Volunteers In Medicine ever since the beginning. “I keep coming back because I’m enjoying it,” he explains. “I’m healthy and I feel like I can take good care of the patients.” In February of 2001, Dr. Regali came in contact with Volunteer In Medicine’s executive director, Sister Monica Heeran. She encouraged him to use his expertise to care for the medically underserved in his community by joining Volunteers In Medicine.

Despite being in the midst of retirement, Dr. Regali felt a duty to help fulfill the medical needs of the Lane County community. He also looked forward to the chance to keep practicing his skills in medicine.

“I think it’s important to volunteer time because we’ve been blessed, being able to practice medicine. It’s a little way to give back to the community,” states Dr. Regali.

Today, Dr. Regali continues to serve as a core member of the Volunteers In Medicine team, working as a volunteer gynecologist and on the medical advisory board.

The clinic offers Dr. Regali an opportunity to directly improve the lives of fellow community members. While he keeps his patients healthy by providing necessary preventive care, he’s also prepared to respond to more urgent situations. In a recent case, he was able to diagnose a young patient with advanced cervical cancer that would have gone unnoticed if not for the services offered by Volunteers In Medicine. Because of the diagnosis made by Dr. Regali, the patient is now receiving the treatment she needs.

“The impact we have is significant,” urges Dr. Regali. “We provide good quality care for a certain segment of the population, without us being here they would have trouble getting access to health care.”

Dr. Regali understands how much his donated time matters to the Lane County community. “Volunteers In Medicine is unique in a way because its purpose is to take care of people who fall through the cracks,” Dr. Regali explains. His patients come from all backgrounds, but they all need help getting the care they deserve.

The clinic runs on volunteers like Dr. Regali. He encourages all retired medical professionals to consider helping out at Volunteers In Medicine, so t­hey can continue their fulfilling work in medicine and make a tangible difference in the community, just like he has.

 

Welcome to our new website!

We are thrilled to introduce our new website with mobile-friendly design. We hope that our new site is an improved resource to our patients, volunteers and donors.

Responsive Design

Our new website is designed to work seamlessly on any device, whether you are on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Patients

Whether you have or don’t have health insurance, Volunteers In Medicine is here for you. Take a look at our eligibility requirements and learn more about our services. Patients are screened for eligibility every 6 months from the last screening. Call 541-685-1800 for a pre-screening interview or with any questions.

Donate

There are a variety of ways to give to Volunteers In Medicine. Your generous contributions help to further our mission of supporting a healthy community. Take a look at how you can support our patients today.

Volunteer

The gift of your time and expertise is one of the most significant ways that you can help your community. We have volunteer opportunities for medically trained and nonmedical volunteers. We also offer internships to students in a variety of fields.

Give the gift of health

Your gift can change thousands of lives for the better. Learn more about us and volunteer or donate to help our patients change their lives for the better.

Volunteers in Medicine is honored to be able to present the 2016 Sister Monica Heeran Legacy of Caring Award to Susan Ban, the Executive Director of Shelter Care!

The Sister Monica Heeran Legacy Award is given to honor an individual who, through their dedication and compassion, has helped make our community a better, healthier place for the underserved and the disadvantaged.Susan moved to Eugene in 1984 and kept busy during that time by being a mom and with various positions with the American Baptist Church, including being an interim minister. When the new minister arrived, Susan began looking for a new challenge and a way to give back to the community.

Susan first came to ShelterCare as a volunteer where she worked with the board president on generating general procedures and policies. She was invited to join the board of directors in 1988. Two years later she became an employee of the organization and in 1991 she became the Executive Director – a position she still holds to this day.

When Susan came to ShelterCare the organization was going through a period of change. Her guidance and leadership helped stabilize ShelterCare and propelled it to the respected organization it is now.

ShelterCare was organized in 1970 to serve homeless families. Since then, the mission of the agency has expanded to provide other services. Their services include: emergency shelter, transitional housing services, vital long-term supported housing, one-on-one and group support to build skills for independent living and household stability, and assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing, and household supplies.

Under Susan’s leadership, ShelterCare has developed a well-earned reputation for being innovative and responding to the needs of vulnerable populations, such as low-income individuals who have survived a brain injury. ShelterCare’s Uhlhorn Program provides housing and services for people who have sustained brain injuries and are working to regain the skills necessary for independent living.

Susan’s focus has always been on how best to serve the homeless, regardless of who gets the credit or which agency provides the service. She is known for viewing problems objectively. If ShelterCare isn’t the best organization to provide the service, then she will work collaboratively to help find a better fit.

Outside of ShelterCare, Susan has served on many boards including United Way, Better Eugene-Springfield Transit, Olive Plaza, Cornerstone Community Housing, Neighborhood Partnerships, Eugene Chamber of Commerce, and the PeaceHealth-Oregon Regional Board. Susan was a first level founder for bringing Project Homeless Connect to Eugene. PHC provided essential and comprehensive services to people living on the streets.

Susan is known for her ability to give a voice to the people who are most vulnerable and in most need in the community. She brings a unique and valuable perspective on the critical needs of homeless populations, specifically those that are disabled and/or have head trauma. Susan has always been a person to whom the community can look when considering how to best help the people who are in the greatest level of need.

We will present Susan with the award at 11:30 on Thursday, September 29 at the Holiday Inn Eugene/Springfield (919 Kruse Way).

Space is limited to please RSVP by calling Justin Goettsch at (458) 205-6362.

Swingin’ Summer Night 2016!

Swingin’ Summer Night 2016 was a lively and fun evening that benefited the Volunteers In Medicine Clinic and its patients! The eighth annual Swingin’ Summer Night dinner and auction was held at Shadow Hills Country Club. It was such a great time!

Individual tickets are $100 each and a table of eight is $800. To reserve tickets or tables for Swingin’ Summer Night please click Donate Now to pay by credit card or SSN Form for mailing payment. Note: You will need to fill in the number of tickets you wish to purchase, the amount to be charged to your credit card and your and your guest(s) name(s).

Special thanks to the following 2016 sponsors.

Arnold Gallagher

Bank of the Cascades

Dari-Mart

George Rode Repair Shops

Hawes Financial Group

Hirons Drugs

Kendall Auto and Kendall Subaru

Kernutt Stokes

Mercedes-Benz

PacificSource Health Plans

PeaceHealth

Sittner & Nelson

Wildish Land Company

Thanks also to the many volunteers who made this lovely evening a success.

There were over 200 guests in attendance and, thanks to those who opened their hearts, over $75,000 was raised to benefit VIM. Attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner with a tremendous view and thanks to the music of “The Inoke Trio” and they danced the night away under a beautiful moonlit sky.

We hope you can join us for another fun filled evening on August 3, 2017

Diane LeClere, Special Events Coordinator
Email
458-205-6366
(Note: 458 is a new area code for the Eugene/Springfield area)

One Fine Day 2016

Annual Spring Luncheon and Auction

Our One Fine Day annual benefit auction and luncheon is a favorite among Volunteers In Medicine donors. One Fine Day 2016 was held on April 20 at The Club at Autzen from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to bid on a variety of fantastic items, including The Peninsula Chicago, “Up Up and Away in a Hot Air Balloon,” a diamond tennis bracelet raffle item and much more!

Thank you to the 2016 One Fine Day Coordinator and Committee Co-Chairs for all their hard work on this year’s event!

Volunteers In Medicine One Fine Day 2016

Special thanks our 2016 sponsors

Jo-Mae and Joe Gonyea II
Joseph Hawes
Hexion, Inc.
Mrs. Marie D. Jones
Kendall Auto Group
Phyllis & Warren Lund
DeLeesa & Norval Meashintubby
Oakway
PeaceHealth
Providence Health Plans
Kathy & Rick Re
Norma Roth
Sittner & Nelson
University of Oregon

A special thank you to KVAL for their generous donation of air time and production to One Fine Day!

One Fine Day 2017

One Fine Day 2017 will be on April 19 at Autzen Stadium. Reserve your seat or table today.

We want to celebrate our wonderful community.  We thank everyone who demonstrated compassion for and dedication to our community by volunteering almost 18,000 hours and providing care for over 5,000 patient visits in 2015.

Here is a copy of the Volunteer Recognition Ad we ran in The Register-Guard.