Clinics In The News
1/9/2020 - Falls Church News Press
Culmore Clinic more than doubled its end-of-year fundraising campaign goal of $11,000 by bringing in $25,735.98 in the month of December alone. $8,600 of these dollars are designated funding toward ongoing clinic operations through the group’s Stewardship Circles, the clinic’s new sustaining gift model.The donations will help the clinic begin increasing patient care on its third clinic day by providing prescription pick-up, adding specialty care and expanding its Diabetes preventive care. The generous response of donors has made the clinic’s goal for providing ancillary care on Wednesdays a reality. And, with additional funding from Islamic Relief USA, the clinic will be adding ophthalmology services as well. Furthermore, the strong year-end response also helps clinic administrators begin thinking seriously about adding onsite phlebotomy (laboratory) services to better support its patients.
1/6/20 - Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Free Clinic of Powhatan announced in December that it had been awarded matching grants from the Cabell Foundation and The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation totaling $350,000. The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation awarded the clinic a grant of $200,000 for the renovation of its newly acquired space in the vacated Powhatan school board building. The Cabell Foundation also awarded the clinic a grant of $150,000 for this renovation project. These fabulous grants are a wonderful gift to the Powhatan community to help build a clinic for its many patients. But the grants are matching grants, meaning the clinic has to match the dollar amount for each grant in order to receive the funding.
12/23/19 - ARL Now
While our holiday donations help in the short-term, just throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily a progressive solution. To reduce disparity, we need to fundamentally tackle the root causes that are keeping some in our community from achieving stability and success. Making systemic change supports employment, education and health care–some of the tools needed as a springboard to self-sufficiency. Arlington Free Clinic‘s “Filling the Gap Campaign” aims to triple the number of low-income clients who receive dental care. Because many diseases that start in the mouth can cause life-threatening illness and chronic conditions, proper dental care has an enormous effect on health and well-being.
12/23/19 - Daily Progress
For Dr. Jack Kayton, dentistry isn’t just a career — it’s an opportunity to give back. The ever-humble and friendly dentist said that though he has learned a lot over the last three decades of his work, the most important thing he has discovered is the importance of compassion and empathy. These lessons were instilled in him by his parents and have informed his work both in his practice and in his volunteer work with the Charlottesville Free Clinic. “Everything was about me going to school and getting an education and working hard learning to do the right thing,” he said. “The sacrifices my parents made raising me and getting me through college instilled in me an appreciation for what I have and the drive to give back when I can.” Kayton has continued that spirit in his personal life and practice, taking over the Community Dental Program, the project of his mentor, Dr. Larry Brannon. The program offered free dental care to those who couldn’t afford it. After running that program out of his practice for several years, Kayton joined the Charlottesville Free Clinic, where he has continued to offer his services and help the clinic’s dental program grow. The clinic’s dental program, now run by Dr. Jonathan Leist, boasts a full-time dentist, a hygienist and several assistants, as well as more than 30 volunteer dentists.
12/23/19 - Northern Neck News
In honor of a major supporter for a quarter of a century, the Northern Neck – Middlesex Free Health Clinic dedicated the Jane Birdsong Patient Care Center on Wednesday, December 4. “The Clinic is delighted and excited to recognize Jane and Tom Birdsong for all the help, advice, encouragement, and volunteer and funding support given to the Clinic for the past 26 years,” said Jean Nelson, Clinic CEO. The Patient Care Center was unveiled at a ribbon cutting at the Clinic, followed by a reception at the Golden Eagle for more than 70 friends and supporters of the Birdsongs and the Clinic.
12/20/19 - WSLS
For the first time in nearly half a century, the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke has hired a full-time provider. Susan Blick, a family nurse practitioner, is able to see more patients during the weekday outside of the clinic’s evening hours. It allows patients to have access to immediate care, shorter wait times and gives a consistent provider for chronic health issues. “I want to have more patients all the time. The more people I can help the better. So, we see the local community and we’re also seeing outlying communities as well. It’s amazing who comes to see us and how far they will drive to see us,” said Blick. Blick is able to see patients from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. “What we found is there was a need that we were not able to meet and that was because people weren’t able to walk in the clinic and provide same-day appointments. So, people who were sick, who needed to see a doctor immediately, who are our patients, we were not able to meet that need,” said Ruth Cassell, director of operations.
12/20/19 - George Mason University
Rebecca Sutter, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, is set to receive $75,000 from Potomac Health Foundation. With these funds, the MAP Clinic will be expanded and open a Mason and Partners Clinic co-located with the Prince William County School (PWCS) system to provide school entry health services to uninsured/ underinsured students and provide expanded physical, mental and preventive health care services to uninsured/underinsured in the Prince William County Potomac Health Foundation catchment area. Services will include chronic disease, mental health, and social service coordination. Funding will begin in January 2020 and will conclude in late December 2020.
12/13/19 - Daily Press
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the halls of Lackey Clinic. Staff and volunteers have decked out 13 doors in Christmas cheer at the clinic as part of an annual contest. This year, the clinic wants community members to select their favorite doors for a brand-new people’s choice award. Now in its fourth year, the Christmas doors decorating contest is a beloved part of the events calendar for staff and volunteers at Lackey Clinic, a free health clinic in York County. New this year is a people’s choice award, which gives the community a chance to join the holiday fun, Director of Donor Relations and Events Kim Spencer said.
12/10/19 - Virginia Business
The Health Wagon's Executive Director, Teresa Owens Tyson, was named to Virginia Business' list of 100 People to Know in 2020 for working to make Virginia a better place through passion and vision.
12/4/19 - Suffolk News Herald
The Suffolk Foundation made its annual grant distributions at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Wednesday morning. This year, the Foundation was able to disburse $137,000 to 31 different nonprofit agencies. Since the Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community foundation status in October 2007, it has awarded more than $5.9 million in unrestricted and donor-advised grants and scholarships. Western Tidewater Free Clinic received $9,000 which will provide dentures to 35 Suffolk patients in order to improve their overall health, self-esteem and employability.
12/3/19 - WHSV
After expanding services to more uninsured community members who are not residents of the United States, staff at the the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic said they've seen an increase in the number of patients they serve. In addition, the maximum income threshold for patients also changed and was raised from 200 percent to 300 percent of less of the federal poverty level. "The bases of our mission here is to create opportunities to access health care in our community," Summer Sage, Executive Director of the clinic, said. Since the change, Sage said they've seen about 300 more patients who may have never seen the inside of a patient room before.
11/26/19 - Star Exponent
At the Free Clinic of Culpeper, Director Chris Miller told the congresswoman that Medicaid is changing its patient population. In 2018, the clinic served 615 patients. This year, after Medicaid expansion, it has helped 402 people, and those patients are trending younger, with the largest group between 35 and 42 years old, Miller said. Every month, the clinic’s staff sees 15 to 20 new patients, about 40 percent of whom are Medicaid-eligible, she said. If not for Medicaid, the clinic would have to start a waiting list to help the same number of patients, Miller said. Of its patients, 40 to 45 percent are likely eligible for Medicaid based on their income, she said. The clinic’s nurses and doctors “are probably the first people to tell these patients that they’re eligible for Medicaid,” Miller told Spanberger. “Many of them have not been in to see a doctor in years, if ever.” Typically, these individuals don’t have health insurance, and don’t know what health-care assistance is available to them, she said. “These are folks busy raising their families,” Miller said. “They’re investing everything they’ve got into their kids.”
11/26/19 - NBC29 News
Representative Abigail Spanberger is putting healthcare at the top of her legislative list. The 7th District Democrat visited the Orange County Free Clinic on Tuesday to meet with those at the forefront of the issue. She discussed several issues the county is facing with area doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. One of the topics Spanberger discussed during her visit was the need for more mental health resources at the Orange County Free Clinic. The clinic serves about 4,500 people living in the area and staff says there’s a huge need. “They come in because they can't afford health insurance,” said Dorren Brown, Executive Director of the Orange County Free Clinic. “They're working, they have jobs, but at jobs where they, they're not offered health insurance, and so if they have a chronic disease like diabetes…there's no way they can afford their insulin or their medications.”
11/25/19 - ABC3 News
Local efforts to help those without a home received a major boost this month. Bank of America announced the Lackey Clinic in Yorktown is the Hampton Roads market recipients of its 2019 Neighborhood Builders award. The award comes with a $200,000 grant and a year of leadership training for staff members. "It`s the long-term effect of the leadership training that helps build upon the opportunities for the organization for years to come," said Charlie Henderson, President of Bank of America's Hampton Roads market. Over the last 15 years, Bank of America has donated $240 million nationwide.
11/24/19 - CBS19 News
Multiple organizations are coming together to address food insecurities in Madison County. The organizations involved include the Madison County Department of Social Services, the Madison Free Clinic, the Madison Senior Center, MESA (Madison Emergency Services Association), Rural Madison Inc., Virginia Cooperative Extension and several churches. Valerie Ward, the director of the Madison County Department of Social Services, said there are many people in the county that are not able to be served food by current food programs. The main reason for this issue is transportation, especially for those who live in rural areas of the county. "Either they have no transportation at all or they have vehicles that can't be relied on," said Ward. "Transportation is the primary barrier to get from their remote locations whether it is in the far reaches of the county or just get down the street due to their disability and age." The organizations are looking to create a mobile food pantry with help from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
11/23/19 - Winchester Star
Several local nonprofit organizations, including the Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic, have launched a regional care network that makes it easier to link area residents to services they need. The network, called Connect NSV, links community members (clients) to services while allowing service providers to communicate in real time about their shared clients’ care and then track the outcomes together. Nonprofit agencies can share information and refer clients to the service providers that can best help them. Referrals are sent through United Us, but Connect NSV clients must consent to being a part of the database.
11/21/19 - Culpeper Star-Exponent
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7, will visit Culpeper and Orange next week as part of a two-day, district-wide healthcare tour. On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 26 the local congresswoman will stop at the Free Clinic of Culpeper to meet with staff, patients, volunteer physicians and pharmacists, and members of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation. From the Culpeper clinic, Spanberger will visit Orange Free Clinic in the town of Orange. The facility there provides a community-focused safety net for patients with chronic and acute health conditions. Spanberger will begin her healthcare tour on Monday, Nov. 25 with a stop at Powhatan Free Clinic.
11/21/19 - WDBJ7
Bridging the gaps between emergency care and long term recovery can have a significant impact, and two new initiatives in southside and southwest Virginia will try to do just that. In Roanoke, a partnership that includes Virginia Tech, the Bradley Free Clinic and many other stakeholders is launching a program called Connections to Care. With a federal grant and other funds, it will expand on the work of Roanoke Valley Collective Response and the Hope Initiative. Ruth Cassell is the Director of Operations for the Bradley Free Clinic. "So I think there are about 35 different stakeholders involved in Connections to Care." Cassell said, "and again they were already working together at the same table and this gives us resources to accomplish a greater mission." Cassell and Dunkenberger say Connections to Care won't solve the opioid epidemic in the Roanoke Valley. There are more gaps to fill, but they say it does represent a major step forward.
11/16/19 - The News Advance
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia was recently awarded a grant from the Centra Community Benefits Committee for its Behavioral Health Integration Project, a new program designed to address the growing demand for mental health services in the area. Under this project, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia will add a full-time counselor to provide mental health services to Free Clinic patients. The project also will increase the hours the nurse practitioner can provide services. It is anticipated this collaboration will provide 1,500 behavioral health visits to 150 Free Clinic patients.
11/15/19 - ABC8 News
Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D) listened to constituent concerns over healthcare costs and coverage during a roundtable Friday at the Health Brigade in Richmond’s Museum District.
11/15/19 - Orange County Review
Counseling is in high demand at Orange County Free Clinic. Patients at the Orange County Free Clinic may be prescribed medication for depression or other forms of mental illness, but for one-on-one therapy, they must jockey for a space on the volunteer counselor’s Monday schedule. Free Clinic Executive Director Dorren Brown said the clinic has more than 4,500 patients on the books and sees about 900 patients every year; about 30 new patients enroll each month. Depression has consistently been the third-most common diagnosis since the clinic opened its doors in 2007. (The most common diagnosis is high blood pressure and the second is diabetes, mostly type II). Brown said it’s not surprising that many free clinic patients are depressed when they first come in. “They’re going through some catastrophic situations in their life,” she said, noting that “they don’t necessarily stay depressed. Things turn around for them.” They may have lost a job and their health insurance along with it. And while the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia has helped a number of people afford private medical care, there are still many who qualify for the clinic’s services. When she described the length of the waiting list for mental health counseling, Brown stretched her arms wide. Kim Frye Smith, the clinic’s resource development director, added, “[The counselor] is booked solid early in the morning until late at night." Brown said the clinic’s staff does all it can to help patients dealing with depression—and assistance goes beyond prescribing antidepressants or other medications. She said staffers have been known to go through the want ads with patients depressed because they’re out of work, and clinicians have helped some of them adjust their diet so they can get a boost from vitamins that improve their state of mind.
11/13-19 - CBS19 News
The Madison County Free Clinic recently launched its Hero Project, which aims to take the services it currently offers out into the community, especially the rural areas of the county. Currently, the clinic is helping people sign up for Medicaid in seven remote locations in the county, but it hopes to secure a grant from the state to hire a nurse practitioner that can treat people in the rural areas. "The residents in that area may have transportation issues of coming into the town of Madison and so we are going out to them to serve them in the capacity," said Tracy Slaughter, the community outreach coordinator for the clinic. She has been with the Madison County Free Clinic since April and she feels that many people in the county lack access to health care in the outlying areas. "There's a lot of businesses that do not offer health care insurance, so a lot of people either have to pay out of pocket and they are having to choose whether to pay for their health care or whether they are going to pay for food and rent and things they have to pay necessities for," said Slaughter.
11/11/19 - Loudoun Times-Mirror
The Loudoun Free Clinic won Nonprofit Organization of the Year. Board Chairman Bill Schmidt said over the 25 years the Small Business Awards have been held, “Loudoun County has grown tremendously, but that means a lot of gaps, a lot of holes, a lot of big challenges. The Loudoun Free Clinic and all of the nonprofits in Loudoun County work hard every day to plug those gaps, to fill those holes and to build a safety net, for the least, most vulnerable citizens of Loudoun County.”
11/11/19 - ABC13
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia was recently awarded a grant from the Genworth Foundation for its Medical/Dental Services Integration Project. “We are grateful to the Genworth Foundation for building on the infrastructure created from the Dental Services Expansion project and allowing us to provide comprehensive care for our patients, which will improve health outcomes for our community.” says Christina Delzingaro, CEO of the Free Clinic. “While we are fortunate to have so many area dentists that volunteer with the program, we still need funds to purchase needed supplies, and this grant will do that.”
11/8/19 - Fairfax Times
The product of more than two years of planning and construction, the College of Health and Human Services’ Population Health Center will provide healthcare to underserved populations as well as research and workforce training opportunities for faculty and students. According to the College of Health and Human Services, nearly 8 percent of Northern Virginia residents do not have health insurance, and more than 16 percent of residents live in areas that are considered islands of disadvantage, meaning they face social and economic challenges like poverty and a lack of safe, affordable housing that negatively affect their health. A Mason and Partners Clinic for people who are uninsured, immigrants, and refugees opened in the Population Health Center in August, expanding the university’s network of free health clinics to 10 locations in Fairfax and Prince William counties. The clinics have provided about 14,000 people with services ranging from screenings and school physicals to medical home placement referrals and wellness workshops, according to Louis. The Population Health Center MAP clinic is the largest yet with five patient exam and treatment rooms, six behavioral health interview rooms, a telehealth remote care and consultation room, a clinical laboratory, and a phlebotomy room. It will focus on specialty care services, starting with women’s wellness exams, and school and sports physicals, according to Mason.
11/8/19 - Indy Channel
When nurses Teresa Tyson and Paula Hill of the Health Wagon pull their RV into the small towns of Appalachia, they bring a warmth that's part of the charm of these mountains. They also bring help that's become scarce in that part of the country.
11/8/19 - Inside NOVA
The Arlington Free Clinic enjoyed a successful sell-out gala which raised more than $50,000 to support the clinic's wide array of health-care programs to low-income, uninsured including specialty medicine, mental-health care, physical therapy and dental care.
10/31/19 - Loudoun Now
Loudoun Free Clinic was selected as one of 50 clinics nationally to participate in the Roadmap to Health Equity pilot study that will lay a foundation for improvements in care while giving clinics the tools they need to demonstrate quality of care and assess their progress in promoting health equity.
10/29/19 - Roanoke Times
A Roanoke organization will shut down Thursday after more than 70 years of advocating for people with mental illnesses. Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley worked with three local nonprofits to take over its key programs. Bradley Free Clinic will take over the free psychiatric clinic, which offers help to those who cannot afford to access mental health care. Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare will provide mental health training for police, and Total Action for Progress will continue the unique arts therapy for children exposed to domestic violence. Board president Mariana Fortier said the organization was unable to raise enough funds to sustain its programs, so the priority became finding a way for them to continue once the organization shut down.
10/26/19 - GoDanRiver
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Free Clinic of Danville, I wish to thank the many residents, businesses and foundations in our community who assisted the clinic over the past 26 years. We were able to treat thousands of patients because of our dedicated volunteers and the financial support given to us. Our patients’ lives were positively impacted because of the care they received and this could not have been done without our volunteers and our donors.
10/24/19 - CBS19 News
"Anytime we get out in the community, and people can get information about what the Free Clinic does and what we have available, especially now with the push for us to do mobile services in the community, it gets people energized," said Brenda Clements, the executive director of the Madison Free Clinic. The Free Clinic will also provide information about how to become a patient.
10/24/19 - News Channel 11
A state-of-the-art healthcare clinic is on its way to Southwest Virginia – in an area that leaders say needs it most. The Health Wagon broke ground Thursday morning on its new facility in Dickenson County. The clinic is named after Sister Bernie Kenny, who founded the Health Wagon. “This clinic is just so much more than brick and mortar though, the clinic for us represents how we address and care for humanity,” Health Wagon Executive Director Dr. Teresa Tyson said. The 5,000 square foot facility will offer free healthcare services. “Specialty, clinics. We will have telehealth. We do more telehealth than anybody in the state of Virginia with the University of Virginia,” Dr. Tyson said. It’s an area health leaders say is desperately in need of these services.
10/22/19 - Style Weekly
When asked during her annual review at Health Brigade what her greatest accomplishment was, Felicia Bowman said it was seeing how well her clients were doing. This from a woman who was one of 20 in the country chosen to be a Black Women Ambassador using social media to reach black women about HIV and sexual health. In May this year, she presented Breaking the Silence: an African-American Women’s Guide to Preventing HIV at the National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS in Washington. As young as 16, Bowman knew she wanted to start her own nonprofit and Speak Glamher, founded in 2018 to encourage women to take control of their sexual health, was the result. Last year she also created the annual She Is Me, I Am Her community walk commemorating National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day. Bowman remembers the women in her family as go-getters, owning businesses and involved in community work. The lessons stuck. “Seeing them taught me the importance of giving back,” she says. Committed to giving a voice to women of color living with HIV and dismantling the stigma associated with it, Bowman mentors social work students at Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, teaching them to tune into patients.
10/17/19 - Greene County Record
The Greene County Care Clinic, the free clinic in the county, faced a tough dilemma early this year: close after Medicaid expansion or expand to include a larger group who need quality medical services. The clinic chose the latter. “The state went through Medicaid expansion in January, so for our clinic that meant that a lot of current patients would qualify for Medicaid,” said Pam Morris, executive director. “Our number of patients declined. So, the clinic chose to do what a lot of free clinics across the state chose to do—change the eligibility requirements.” The clinic, which is situated in downtown Stanardsville, now sees individuals and families who earn up to 300% of the federal poverty level.
10/17/19 - GMU College of Health & Human Services
In August, the College of Health and Human Services opened its 10th Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic in the newly opened Population Health Center (PHC) on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. MAP Clinics are a unique model, as interprofessional nurse-managed free clinics that serve the uninsured community in Northern Virginia. They provide health care, school physicals, screenings, and behavioral health services for vulnerable populations and those in low-income and medically underserved areas. In addition to providing free care for patients, the MAP Clinics are an exemplar academic-practice partnership model. They provide hands-on learning experiences for students in nursing, social work, health informatics, and other programs. This experience serving diverse populations at MAP Clinics better prepares students for the communities they will work in when they graduate.
10/13/19 - ABC 13 News
The Free Clinic Of Central Virginia is expanding access to behavioral health to improve both mental health and physical health outcomes for low-income uninsured and underinsured patients in their community. Embedding behavioral health into a primary care setting has been demonstrated to not only expand access to these critical mental health and substance use services, but also to improve patient’s likelihood of acceptance of these services and overall compliance.
10/2/19 - Petersburg Progress-Index
A more local organization, Pathways-VA, was also on hand Saturday, meeting more people in the community where it has three programs. Pathways runs three programs - seven specialty health clinics, a financial academy and a trade school for youth, aged 18-22. Ron Thompson, Pathways’ Clinic Coordinator, was also at Bethany Missionary, specializing in the group’s clinic-based programs. The clinics work with grant funding, partnerships and volunteer hours to provide completely free healthcare. Alliances with companies like Walmart and RX Drugs, mean that 90% of Pathways clients can get prescriptions completely free. The other 10% can get them at extremely low prices, under $5. “Most people that come to us are on medications but haven’t been taking them,” Thompson said. “My question is, are you on medication, are you taking it, why are you not taking it, if you’re not why are you not taking it? Because you can’t afford it or you can’t get a prescription?” He said Pathways can function as a “one stop shop,” with services from a rheumatology to mammography. Once a month, Pathways has 12 mental health doctors that volunteer to come in and do assessments for clients. “Mental health is a big need in Petersburg, the Tri-City Area, and the Crater District,” Thompson said.
9/30/19 - UVA Today
The Charlottesville Free Clinic provides an open door to health care for around 2,600 low-income and underserved members of the Charlottesville community. We are devoted to delivering the highest quality of care in partnership with dedicated health care volunteers who provide around 14,000 hours of service annually. We are truly a community organization and believe that when all our neighbors are healthy, the entire community prospers.
While Medicaid expansion offered insurance coverage to many of Bradley Free Clinic’s patients, it did not open doors for them to find health care. Leaders of the Roanoke clinic said Friday they have responded by hiring a full-time nurse practitioner to see patients — including those with Medicaid — Monday through Friday, from 9 to 5. Dr. Randy Rhea, board president, said Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid to lower-income adults did not solve access problems. He said the clinic realized it needed to expand services to continue providing care to the under-served, low-income people in the Roanoke Valley.
9/25/19 - Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Free Clinic of Powhatan is embarking on its first ever comprehensive capital campaign. The “Campaign for Health, Campaign for Hope,” seeks to raise $2 million to cover building renovation, dental equipment, medical/lab equipment, office equipment, and EHR.
9/25/19 - Medpage Today
"We have seen first-hand the impact of incorporating healthy food to manage weight, maintain healthy blood glucose levels, and reduce the risk of diabetes complications," said Patricia Polgar-Bailey, a nurse practitioner at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, which participates in Fresh Farmacy.
9/23/19 - The Winchester Star
Brandi Van Curen, talks about the G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic for the homeless and the services they provide to those in need of behavioral healthcare.
9/17/19 - Loudoun Times-Mirror
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of 27 finalists selected to compete across seven industry categories in the 25th Annual Loudoun Small Business Awards. The awards ceremony will be held Nov. 8 at The National Conference Center. Finalists for the ceremony’s two top honors — the Loudoun Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year awards — will be announced later this month, according to the Loudoun Chamber.
9/14/19 - Bristol Herald-Courier
Friday’s turnout was the largest for the annual veterans’ event so far, said Helen Scott, executive director of Healing Hands Health Center. The clinic was abuzz with staff, volunteers and veterans Friday morning. East Tennessee State University dental students cleaned teeth and volunteer dentists from the community, a staff dentist and University of Tennessee dental students from Memphis worked with patients. “It’s grown — we’ve gotten a little more financial support, community support, volunteers,” Scott said. The clinic also invited veterans to sign up to become future patients.
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.
9/4/19 - Gazette-Journal
Dr. Richard Crowder, longtime physician and volunteer with the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic and Arlene Armentor, the clinic’s executive director, were named Paul Harris Fellows by the Gloucester Rotary Club during its Aug. 22 meeting, which was held at the clinic. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905, according to April Martinez, spokesperson for the local club. Established in Harris’ honor in 1957, the Fellowship acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.
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.