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Adult Medicaid Expansion

Adult Medicaid Expansion

By Betty Boyd There has been a great disproportion in an adult getting health insurance. In May 2018 the Virginia legislature voted to expand the adult Medicaid program. Prior to this being enacted the income eligibility for an individual was $6,900.00 or below. This left a gap of 700,000 people without coverage. Today 400,000 can…

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The Impossible Dream Achieved

The Impossible Dream Achieved

By Betty Boyd Do you want to give back to your community, but did not know how to do it? Being a volunteer is one of the greatest ways to give back. The Health Wagon is always in need of volunteers and today we want to highlight one of the best. Keith Thomerson was watching…

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An Interview with Cara Robinson – Nurse Practitioner

An Interview with Cara Robinson – Nurse Practitioner

An Interview with Cara Robinson – Nurse Practitioner                                    “I am All In” By Betty Boyd     Cara Robinson’s inspiration is her mother, who started out as an intensive care nurse. Her mother would bring her to the hospital with her, Cara got to know the staff and had first hand exposure to the…

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Healthwagon Christmas Party

Healthwagon Christmas Party

Original Article The Health Wagon, the region’s only safety net clinic/free clinic, recently celebrated its inaugural Patient Christmas Party on Nov. 13 at the Smiddy Clinic in Wise, Virginia. A total of 357 individuals were impacted by this event. The United Breast Cancer Foundation donated all of the hygiene items, clothing and adult coats for…

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AE RFP for new Clintwood Location

AE RFP for new Clintwood Location

Please see the following PDF for the details of the RFP for the new Clintwood location. This is an RFP for Architectural and Engineering services. All designs will be received no later than 2:00 p.m., November 29, 2018. RFP 01-2018_Health Wagon Clinic Any questions can be direct to: Health Wagon Attn: Rachel Helton 5626 Patriot…

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In Memoriam:   Stan Brock, Humanitarian

In Memoriam: Stan Brock, Humanitarian

In Memoriam: Stan Brock, Humanitarian By Betty Boyd                 Do you have a superhero that you will always remember? Our superhero is Stan Brock, a friend and one of the greatest humanitarians that the world has ever known. He left this world too soon at the age of…

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An Interview with Ron Carson The Silent Epidemic

An Interview with Ron Carson The Silent Epidemic

In the foothills of Appalachia there is a silent epidemic that is growing more and more every day, it is Black Lung Disease. During the 1970’s Black Lung disease was very prevalent. Since then the numbers have been up and down, until recently has there been an up-tick in the disease. So why has there…

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Dr. Joseph Smiddy, MD Discussing the Largest Cluster of Advanced Black Lung Ever Recorded in Southwest Virginia.

Dr. Joseph Smiddy, MD Discussing the Largest Cluster of Advanced Black Lung Ever Recorded in Southwest Virginia.

By Betty Boyd The coal miner is the personification of the mountaineer spirit in Southwest Virginia. They have many obstacles that must be overcome when they are deep in the mines. One of these is pulmonary lung diseases, such as Black Lung Disease. Black Lung Disease is the inhalation of coal dust while mining. Dr.…

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