Friends

RVMMC Friends

Dear Friends,

You may not be aware that there are an estimated 7,000 residents of Halifax and Northampton Counties without health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.  They are the working poor of our area.  These people generally do not seek preventive medical care or treatment for symptoms and conditions as they arise.

Halifax Regional Medical Center in cooperation with area leaders, doctors and medical personnel have undertaken to provide free medical care and medications to these folks who fall through the cracks in the system.  In May 1998, twenty-one concerned citizens including business leaders, doctors, hospital staff, religious leaders and public health officials met to officially begin the organization of the Roanoke Valley Medical Ministries Clinic.  The Clinic opened to patients on February 23, 1999 in a temporary location and moved to 536 Jackson Street, Roanoke Rapids, in September 1999.  The clinic is staffed by area doctors, nurses and others who volunteer their time to provide needed medical care.  Patients who are eligible to receive treatment and medications must be uninsured, and be living at or below 250% of the current federal poverty guidelines.

The first day the Free Clinic opened its doors, we diagnosed and treated a patient who had not known she was diabetic, greatly enhancing her health, and allowing her to eventually return to work.

This is a typical story. The first three years the Clinic had been operating on funds provided by The Duke Endowment, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Halifax Regional Medical Center and the Roanoke Valley United Way.  The funds from Duke and Reynolds were limited to three years and ran out at the end of September 2001.  Because these two foundations have provided much of the $75,000 annual budget, we are asking the Roanoke Valley community to step in and assist us in continuing the work of the Free Clinic. We ask that your organization consider supporting the Clinic through an annual appropriation.

If you or your organization would like additional information about the clinic, please feel free to contact Rose A. Fleming at 252-308-1261.