Being able to provide care to Arlington Free Clinic patients is a gift for which I am grateful, and which is truly a reward in and of itself. My roots with the Clinic started back in 2005 when I graduated from Nurse Practitioner school and was able to see patients on a regular basis with Dr. Thomas Connally as my precepting physician. Following my move to Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), I worked in the ER and Infectious Disease Clinic before moving to the Wound Care Clinic. My colleagues and I are proud to see AFC patients as needed for their wound care needs. It’s really a two way street: VHC often sees indigent Arlington residents, who, with no other place to turn are referred to AFC for ongoing care. AFC works miracles when the hospital refers someone to them, not only with medical follow-up but also in terms of case management, dietary counseling, and all over TLC.
Everyone encounters bumps in the road, some more than others. I have been fortunate in my life and appreciate the opportunity to share and give back to our community. I firmly believe that volunteers can have an enormous impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, and we can all make a difference. Who gets more out of the experience? Probably we do! Being able to provide health care is both a gift and a responsibility. I am unbelievably fortunate in life, and volunteering at AFC is a way to give back to the community. No matter how tired I am at the end of my regular work day, AFC is a refreshing environment with challenging, appreciative patients. Volunteering at the Clinic is a joy.
Read our complete 2016 Annual Report.
- Yesenia: Strong Partnerships Mean that Patient Needs Come First
- Addressing Basic Needs to Help Patients Lead Healthier Lives
- AFC Highlights, July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
- Planning for the Future of AFC
- Three Generations of AFC Nurses
- Why I Give
- Provider Spotlight: Janice Zima, NP & VHC Physician Group: Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
- A Message from the Board Chair