Clinics In The News
9/5/19 - GoDanRiver
The Free Clinic of Danville, which provided free health and dental care for low-income patients lacking insurance, has closed for good because of a sharp drop in patient volume. It’s still operating with non-medical staff while they process and send out medical records and distribute unneeded medical equipment and supplies to local nonprofits and two other free clinics in the state. The clinic saw its last patient July 30.
8/29/19 - ABC News 13
The Lynchburg Host Lions Club made a $15,000 contribution to the Free Clinic of Central Virginia to continue the Eyeglass Program. This partnership will provide ongoing services to those with low-income (at or below 200% Federal Poverty Level) in need of eye exams and eyeglasses to those areas of Lynchburg.
8/29/19 - Virginia Business
The Health Wagon in Wise County has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the United Health Foundation, allowing the clinic to provide more specialty and diagnostic treatment to patients in six Southwest Virginia counties. “It’s really one of the most awesome things that has ever happened to the Health Wagon. It’s a gamechanger for us,” says Dr. Teresa Gardner Tyson, executive director of the nonprofit free health care provider.
8/14/19 - Times Dispatch
A longtime goal, this move will allow for the Free Clinic of Powhatan to offer expanded hours and healthcare programming for those in need. Executive director Connie Moslow said the Free Clinic is gearing up for a major fundraising campaign to cover not only the cost of the renovations but the increased operations costs in the expanded space. She did not have a final figure yet as the space is still being designed.
8/5/19 - WDBJ7
Bradley Free Clinic, which has been serving residents of Salem, and the rest of the region, from its facilities in Roanoke for 45 years, is establishing a new outreach site at the Salem Church of Christ.
"This is our first effort to go out and sit in a different location to invite people there where it's more accessible to them, it's closer, easier access." said Director of Operations Ruth Cassell, "and really give them a chance to find out what Bradley really does."
7/20/19 - Winchester Star
The Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic has hired Katrina McClure, 34, as its new executive director. McClure has an extensive background in public health. She graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in health and societies and philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She later earned her master’s in public health from the Yale School of Public Health in 2011. McClure said she’s passionate about improving the patient experience and access to care for under-served communities.
7/16/19 - WAVY
The Chesapeake Care Clinic, a medical and dental clinic designed to help the working poor, will now serve even more patients than ever before. The clinic is raising its income limits and expanding its service area. “Without them I really wouldn’t be able to live,” said Charisse Johnson, who has diabetes and a thyroid condition. She’s received treatment from Chesapeake Care for 15 years. Thanks to the expansion of Medicaid, Chesapeake Care is now accepting patients at three times the poverty level rather than double, and patients can now live anywhere in Virginia, not just Chesapeake.
7/10/19 - Gazette-Journal
Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic announced recently that it has expanded its patient eligibility criteria, and will shift its service model to what is known as a “hybrid” clinic. The clinic will continue to serve uninsured patients, but will also accept Medicaid-enrolled patients. This is in response Virginia becoming the 33rd state in the nation to expand Medicaid. This means approximately 400,000 people throughout Virginia will have access to quality, low-cost health insurance through the state’s Medicaid expansion, according to Care Clinic executive director Arlene Armentor.
7/3/19 - RappNews
Fauquier Free Clinic board president Jan Selbo shares that after learning that many medical, dental and mental health primary care providers would be unable to absorb new Medicaid patients into their practices, the board unanimously agreed to undergo the process of becoming credentialed Medicaid providers. This was no small decision; it meant that many long-held processes and procedures, including billing procedures, patient screening and medication acquisition, had to undergo significant changes. Thanks to a partnership with Medicaid experts made possible by generous donor support, new processes were developed, learned and successfully implemented in order to adapt to the new reality and meet patients’ health needs. “The most important result — and the major consideration — is that the free clinic can continue to provide integrated health care to its patients,” said Selbo. “The willingness of the staff and volunteers to undertake this complex process has been heartening.”
6/28/19 - NBC29
The Wise RAM Clinic is being put on by The Health Wagon, which provides care to people in need living in Appalachia. This is the clinic's 20th anniversary and organizers expect to serve their 100,000th patient. The clinic is free and open to anyone seeking medical care. Organizers say they have had people from neighboring states who drive or fly hundreds of miles to see specialists during the annual event.
6/26/19 - Rappahannock Record
Through a generous donation of $10,000 from the Aaron Zaruba Foundation to the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board (MPNNCSB), qualifying families in need of counseling can now access counseling at no cost. Counselors from the MPNNCSB will offer counseling at the Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic in Gloucester County, reported executive director Charles R. Walsh Jr. For an appointment, call the Care Clinic, 210-1368.
6/09/19 - Roanoke Times
The Virginia Free and Charitable Clinics anticipated that its 60 member clinics across the state would evolve depending on how easily Medicaid patients could access care elsewhere. Executive Director Janine Underwood with the Bradley Free Clinic shares that many of their patients who are among the most chronically ill qualified for Medicaid and are able to access the care that they need. “For them to be able to continue receiving quality care in our community is extremely reassuring,” she said. “In the meantime, we are realizing there is a continued need for the safety net we provide. We see patients who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, or live in a household as a dependent or caregiver and the household income is too high to qualify.”
5/23/19 - The Northern Virginia Daily
With the recent Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid expansion in Virginia, uninsured and underinsured residents have a chance at more medical care, but area clinic directors are stressing that Medicaid doesn’t take the place of donations that free clinics rely on. PamMurphy, Executive Director of the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic in Woodstock, said Medicaid reimbursements don’t come close to covering the expenses of her clinic, which gets about $1,000 to $3,000 per month in reimbursements from Medicaid. “We’re spending a lot more than that,” Murphy said.
5/20/19 - WHSV3
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic recently expanded its services to more uninsured people by ditching a rule barring those who are not United States citizens from accessing care at the office. The decision was made unanimously by the governing board of the facility. "If we're not creating opportunities for our community's overall health, then we're jeopardizing the entire community," Summer Sage, the executive director of the clinic, said.
5/17/19 - The Northern Virginia Daily
Here in Warren County, we are fortunate to have St. Luke Community Clinic, serving Warren County residents for 23 years. With the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid expansion, there is an impression everyone now has access to the medical care they can afford. They do not. St. Luke Community Clinic is also being affected by the Medicaid expansion and the Health Insurance Market Place. There has been a dramatic drop-off in giving from the local community because the assumption is people now have access to coverage. This support is still necessary for St. Luke to continue to serve Warren County. To keep St. Luke viable for years to come, it needs support.
5/14/19 - CBS6
A nonprofit that provides a free health clinic for residents in Goochland County is expanding who can access their services in the wake of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. GoochlandCares Executive Director Sally Graham said they will now offer access to the clinic to people without insurance who make between 200-300% of the federal poverty level. She estimates there are roughly 1,300 county residents who will qualify for their clinic under this expansion.
5/10/19 - Suffolk News-Herald
With humility and humor, Sue Meadows has taken a shine to her work as a volunteer with the Western Tidewater Free Clinic. Her expertise was quickly noticed by the clinic’s staff, and now it has been noticed across Hampton Roads. Meadows, who has worked more than 900 volunteer hours over the past 20 months, assisted with the eligibility screening of 498 new Free Clinic patients and another 182 VCU Medical Center registration appointments, according to her nominating packet.
5/2/19 - Greene County Record
Greene Care Clinic’s Executive Director and Nurse Practitioner Janet Call and her husband, Medical Director Dr. Tom Call, are retiring from the clinic. The clinic provides health care to county adults in need who cannot afford healthcare insurance. This has been its mission since it was established in 2005 by Janet Call and other people interested in the health and wellbeing of residents. More than 1,000 people have received free care from its volunteer staff.
4/24/19 - CBS19 News
Tracy Slaughter was hired at the beginning of April to become the new Community Outreach Coordinator of the Madison Free Clinic to help local residents gain access to health care by making the clinic more mobile and accessible to people who live in rural areas by going to those communities.
4/11/19 - Catholic Herald
The new location for Culmore Clinic at First Christian Church of Falls Church opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 9. Co-founded in 2007 by Terry O’Hara Lavoie and Ann Cartwright, parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church, Culmore Clinic provides basic health services with a largely volunteer staff.
4/10/19 - WCYB
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has singled out just nine organizations for awards for volunteerism and community service and one is the Health Wagon of Wise. The Health Wagon serves individuals and families in Appalachia who otherwise can't afford health care. In 25 years, it has served tens of thousands of people in need. Northam awarded it as the Outstanding Faith-Based Organization and recognized it for "compassionate, quality health care."
4/6/19 - Times
Did you know that even with Medicaid expansion, there are still thousands of people in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas who do not have health insurance and cannot afford their medications? So many individuals in our community decide not to pay for much needed medications because they need to pay for food and shelter. Fortunately, there is hope at the Bradley Free Clinic pharmacy.
4/5/19 - News-Post
Donna Proctor is retiring from her post as executive director at Bernard Healthcare Center, Franklin County’s free clinic. On April 30, Ellen Holland, Bernard’s current assistant director, will step into the executive director role.
4/3/19 - Inside Nova
The Arlington Free Clinic has received a $15,000 grant from AT&T to support technology needs. “AT&T’s support will enable the Arlington Free Clinic to strengthen its tech infrastructure so they can focus on their core mission and better deliver health-care services to those in need,” said Garrett McGuire, AT&T’s regional director for Virginia external affairs.
4/3/19 - SWVA Today
Emory & Henry College honored four individuals and two organizations with its 19th annual Hope Awards on March 25, co-sponsored with the Appalachian Center for Civic Life. One of the organizational awards went to the Mel Leaman Free Clinic for its collaboration with the School of Health Sciences, offering primary health care to faculty and students regardless of ability to pay.
3/26/19 - Local DMV
The Shenandoah County Free Clinic and Shenandoah Dental Clinic is bringing oral health to their community, offering care to those in the county who qualify for it financially. Now with the help of Virginia's Medicaid expansion, even more people are able to get dental services they've avoided due to cost or lack of access. The clinic offers medical, dental, and counseling services in Woodstock and at an elementary school satellite campus recently opened in Quicksburg, Virginia.
3/13/19 - Gaxette-Journal
The Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic’s 14th annual Casino Night held Saturday night was the most successful yet, and was able to bring in over $124,000 for patient care for uninsured adults. There was also a sold-out crowd at the event, which was held at the Abingdon Ruritan Club, Bena.
3/12/19 - Inside Business
Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health donated $5.5 million to four nonprofits that will help support community health clinics and food banks, which in turn help Medicaid patients. The grant recipients are: the Virginia Community Healthcare Association ($2 million), Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics ($1.5 million), Virginia Health Care Foundation ($1 million) and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks ($1 million).
3/12/19 - News-Herald
The Western Tidewater Free Clinic received a $41,458 safety net grant to support the clinic’s transition to Medicaid expansion. The clinic estimates 1,000 of its existing patients are now eligible for Medicaid expansion, which began statewide in January. The one-year special grant will cover technology, training and staffing costs associated with the transition.
The Health Wagon’s annual Spring Health Fair brought in a steady stream of people seeking physical exams, chest X-rays, ultrasounds, blood work, vaccinations, Medicaid enrollment, health education, social services and even free legal help.
CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, the largest free health care clinic in Virginia, holds four monthly new patient lottery days, one in English and one in Spanish at each of its two Richmond-area clinics. Last year, CrossOver accepted 1,499 new patients and turned hopefuls away 817 times, a figure that includes people who were turned away more than once. That’s more than twice the 367 times people were turned away in 2017, when the free clinic accepted 1,670 new patients.
“VHCF is proud to continue supporting the Augusta Regional Clinic’s growing dental program,” said Deborah Oswalt, VHCF’s Executive Director. “Oral health is a critical component of overall health, but over 3.8 million Virginians have no dental insurance. As a result, even routine dental cleanings are out of reach for many Virginians. ARC’s specialized endodontic dental team will enable hundreds of local residents to obtain the complex dental procedures they need, but could otherwise not afford.”
The is now able to see more patients, as it recently expanded its eligibility criteria. According to Arlene Armentor, the clinic’s executive director, the maximum household income it allows its patients to have has increased from 250 percent of the federal poverty level to 300 percent.
The Virginia Health Care Foundation has announced a new initiative to help coalfield-region residents apply for Medicaid coverage, in partnership with the state Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Health Wagon.
"There has been a realization that there are many people that desperately need health care & have no access other than the emergency," reports Brenda Clements with the Madison Free Clinic which recently expanded eligibility to 300% FPL.
The Guadalupe Free Clinic of Colonial Beach recently received a grant from the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation. The grant will be used to defray operating costs and purchase medications and medical supplies for clinic patients this year.
The Health Wagon will host a health fair offering free exams and and testing on March 6 in Wise and on March 7 in Clintwood.
According to U.S. census data, the poverty rate in the city of Harrisonburg is 23.3%, which far exceeds the national average of 12.7%. Nearly one out of every six people under the age of 65 lacks health insurance coverage. The poverty rate in the city of Staunton is 13.3% and 17.4% in the city of Waynesboro. Because of these factors, RAM expects to treat approximately 400 or more people from Harrisonburg and surrounding communities during the two-day clinic.