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2014-02-06

Toni Vavra, Volunteer of the Year

By K. Irene Stone Executive Director

Arthur Nagel Community Clinic Medical Records Clerk Toni Vavra has been elected by her peers as the healthcare clinic's 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
Every Tuesday, Vavra runs the clinic's medical records reports for patient requests and then scans all labs and procedure information into the electronic medical records system.
As transplants from the Rio Grande Valley, she and her husband, Sherman, retired to Bandera in 2010. After her husband passed away a few months after their move, Vavra decided to volunteer at the clinic to stay busy. With her experience of 18 years as a medical records director at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco and an instructor for medical transcription at the Texas State Institution, the clinic welcomed her with open arms. Vavra has also helped the clinic with several fundraisers, previously volunteered with hospice and served at several community events, including RiverFest and Wild Hog Explosion.
"We are blessed to have Toni working with the clinic's medical records," said Executive Director K. Irene Stone. "She knows the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, enacted in 1996) rules and regulations on handling medical records and maintaining patients' confidentiality. Right now, Toni is playing a vital role at the clinic by writing procedures for all medical records. We truly appreciate all her help!"
Healthcare Coordinator Susan Broa, agreed, saying, "Toni has been a tremendous help in locating specific records that our clinic required for our Referral physicians. We appreciate her so much!"
Other volunteers at Arthur Nagel Community Clinic who have received the Volunteer of the Year Award include Sandra Hoyland, 2009; Sabrina McGugin, CMA, 2010; Angelica Arroela-Hernandez, 2011; and Linda Vos, CLT, 2012.
"Our volunteers play a key role at Arthur Nagel Community Clinic," affirmed Stone. "In 2013, we had 17 volunteers who donated a total of 1,229 hours. At $22.57 an hour, the going rate for volunteers according to the government, that is just over $30,000 of labor given to benefit our Bandera County community."
Stone continued, "We use volunteers for medical and office help. Computer experience or the ability to speak Spanish is a big, big plus in carrying out the clinic's mission."
The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic is located in Bandera at 1116 12th Street, next to Helping Hand. Clinic hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For information on how to make a donation, qualify as a patient or apply for patient care, call the clinic at 830-796-3448, or visit www.NagelClinic.org. To volunteer at the clinic, contact Stone at 830-796-3448.