Volunteers in Medicine director to speak to Rotary Club | Ocean City

Volunteers in Medicine director to speak to Rotary Club

Jackie Meiluta

The Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township online program for Thursday, Dec. 3., will be Jackie Meiluta, executive director of Volunteers in Medicine–South Jersey.

Meiluta lives in Sea Isle City and has been associated with VIM for more than 10 years. She also serves on the Finance Council for St. Joseph’s in Sea Isle, is an officer of the Citizen Veteran Advisory Council and is member of the County Homeless Trust Fund Advisory Board.

Prior to moving full-time to Cape May County, Jackie was a senior executive with a Fortune 500 company.

Organized as a 501( c )3 in 2001, ViM operates two free clinics in South Jersey to serve the needs of the uninsured and underserved. ViM’s Cape May County clinic has been in continuous operation since 2002, the Atlantic County clinic opened in March of 2017. More than 500 people consider the ViM clinics their primary care doctor and medical home.

ViM relies on volunteers to provide free medical care to low-income, working residents of South Jersey who do not have health insurance or the means to pay for care. Patients who register with ViM receive free, quality primary care, specialists care when available, and prescription medicine assistance. Perhaps more importantly, ViM becomes their advocate to ensure continuity of care.

ViM operates solely due to the generosity of the medical professionals who volunteer to provide care, and the private donors and funders who help ViM extend care to the underserved in South Jersey.

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Ocean City Mayor On Coronavirus: ‘Continue To Take Precautions’

OCEAN CITY, NJ — Despite a small bump in coronavirus inpatients, doctors told Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian they are not “overly concerned.” But Gillian said everyone should continue to take precautions.

Doctors are learning more about the virus and how to treat it, so they’re not too concerned about the slight increase, he said.

“Please continue to take personal responsibility for wearing masks, avoiding crowds and large indoor gatherings, and washing hands,” Gillian said in his weekly address. “And please stay at home if you feel sick or show symptoms of any illness. Together, we can help to minimize the spread of the virus and keep everybody safe and healthy.”

Shore Medical Center brought back a visitor ban Wednesday because of an increase in cases in its hospital community and South Jersey. After the Tuesday announcement, a spokesperson for the hospital told Patch they had eight coronavirus inpatients at the time. Read more: Shore Medical Center Reinstitutes Visitor Ban Due To Coronavirus

Similarly, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center announced visitor restrictions for its emergency departments in Galloway, Atlantic City and Hammonton. The hospital network reported an increase in patients presenting flu-like symptoms and an uptick in community spread. Read more: AtlantiCare Restricts Visitors Due To Local Coronavirus Uptick

“We remind all members of our community to call your healthcare provider first before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency department for symptoms of cold, flu, COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses,” AtlantiCare spokesperson Jennifer Tornetta told Patch in a statement. “If you are having difficulty breathing or are having a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.”

The Cape May County Health Department reported nine active cases, 107 people cleared off quarantine and three deaths in Ocean City as of Sunday morning. Cape May County has reported 81 active cases, 1,294 people cleared off quarantine and 93 deaths, officials said.

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This article originally appeared on the Ocean City Patch

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