Coastal VIM Open House Aug. 20 in Manahawkin

Aug 08, 2018

Coastal Volunteers in Medicine will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 to celebrate its new location, at 53 Nautilus Dr., Suite B-1, Manahawkin. All members of the community are invited to attend and tour the new clinic space and enjoy light fare. Brief speeches at 5 p.m. will be followed by a ribbon cutting and tour.

Coastal VIM is a free, non-emergency family clinic for residents in parts of Southern Ocean County who have limited income and no medical insurance.

Its new clinic space in The Nautilus Health Center building was donated by Hackensack Meridian Health. The clinic was formerly sited in Barnegat.

The open house is intended to give the public a chance to meet CVIM board members and staff, supporters, volunteers and new friends.

The clinical services offered by Coastal VIM include primary and ongoing care, physicals and health screenings, women’s and family care, diabetes and other chronic disease management, diagnostic testing, hypertension clinic, prescription assistance, social service referrals and health education.

Mental Health Services
Also Available

In addition to primary care and many other programs, Coastal Volunteers in Medicine also provides adult mental health services. The clinic is staffed by a psychiatric advanced practice nurse, a social worker, and a licensed professional counselor who is also certified in the treatment of addictions.

These practitioners provide diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of behavioral health issues, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, family or relationship issues, dealing with losses, problems in functioning, stress management, etc. Initially a psychiatric evaluation or psychosocial assessment will be completed to determine which strategies would likely be most beneficial. These options are discussed with the patient.  Medications, psychotherapy (talk therapy), substance abuse counseling and/or linkage to other services can be provided.

At CVIM, mental health services are provided within the “Culture of Caring” – that is, with respect and in a non-judgmental environment.

Board of trustees member Sonia Rich-Mazzeo spearheaded the creation of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine. She began her career in health volunteering at the public hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Back in the United States, she graduated summa cum laude with honors in the humanities, a major in history, and a minor in political science from William Paterson University. As an intern at the International Women’s Tribune Center, she learned to “think globally and act locally.” She realized she could not save the world, but she could help some of the people she met. She focused on health. First, she became an emergency medical technician, and eventually a family nurse practitioner, always with an eye out for the vulnerable sectors of the population from where she herself came.

Before moving to Reno, Nevada, in 2016, she worked full-time at Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Emergency Department and volunteered the rest of her time to Coastal Volunteers in Medicine.

Coastal VIM receives no government funding and runs entirely on private grants and donations. The medical staff is all volunteer: doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses and administrative assistants.

More information about eligibility and other frequently asked questions are answered on the website There is also a Facebook page.

The clinic is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Additional hours are scheduled according to clinician availability. Appointments can be made by calling 609-384-0102.

— Maria Scandale

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