Heart of Polk: Ted and Carol Nichols, LVIM Volunteers

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10:50 p.m.

LAKELAND | For Ted and Carol Nichols, being a part of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) volunteer team is the best job they’ve ever had. Working a permanent schedule of Tuesday mornings, they said it is a pleasure arriving to work for the day.

“Everyone is happy because everyone wants to be there,” Ted Nichols said. “We are all friends, and there are no power struggles.”

Ted Nichols, 79, retired from Exxon Mobile as a chemical engineer, and Carol Nichols, 78, retired from the Department of Children and Family, Children’s Home Society, Child Protection Team as a nurse practitioner and case manager.

Having worked her entire career in the health care industry, Carol Nichols stumbled upon LVIM during its first community event right after its opening in 2001.

“I was immediately impressed with the concept of medical professionals caring for those who can’t afford medical insurance but work,” she said. “I’ve been with them ever since.”

Once she began volunteering, she quickly realized her husband’s business background could be put to good use as well.

Ted Nichols signed up to volunteer as a screener in admissions, helping patients to qualify for LVIM services. Carol Nichols started out in the clinical area but transferred to the pharmacy not long after she first began.

The couple not only volunteers their time working with the patients but also helping to make important decisions for the organization. Ted Nichols is a member of the LVIM Advisory Board, and Carol Nichols is a member of the executive board. Click here to read the rest of the story on The Ledger’s website.

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