Bend’s Volunteers in Medicine Calls for Nominations for Ronald E. Carver, MD Heart of Healthcare Award

Recognizing Central Oregon licensed medical professionals who donate care to the medically underserved locally, nationally or internationally.

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 7th 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 [email protected]   Application deadline is February 21, 2014.


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