Introducing the Blue Ridge Free Clinic
In Harrisonburg, volunteer leaders create new free clinic to fill critical need in the community
The Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics welcomes the newest free clinic to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Blue Ridge Free Clinic opened its doors on Monday, April 12 in the lower level of the Zapanta Professional Complex located at the corner of Reservoir Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Harrisonburg.
The Blue Ridge Free Clinic is staffed by volunteers who are practicing and retired physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. It offers access to free or reduced cost prescriptions, dental care, and an array of specialty medical services. For those who need the support of other community services, a Navigation Services team is available to connect patients with local agencies and services. The clinic welcomes any in need of medical services regardless of their ability to pay.
“We know the closing of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic in 2020 created a great hole in the community's healthcare safety net. Because there's a critically important need for free healthcare, we've worked nonstop for the past months to bring a new free clinic into existence from scratch,” explains Susan Adamson, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Blue Ridge Free Clinic.
She adds, “For all of us involved, this initiative reflects our passionate commitment to providing primary healthcare services for community members in need. We are confident the generous people of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will rally to support this new free clinic so we can help meet the needs of neighbors in our community who are vulnerable and healthcare-insecure.”