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Sr. Bernie - Nostalgia


In 1980, the Health Wagon was founded by Sr. Bernie Kenny with the order of Medical Missionaries of Mary. She came to the Appalachian mountains at the request of the Richmond Catholic Diocese. She started the program when she began dispensing health care and a kind touch from her Volkswagen Beetle.
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Remote Area Medical - Wise County


RAM has conducted over 660 expeditions, both in the USA and abroad.  The nature of the expeditions has varied as needs arose and resources became available.  The most frequent sort of expedition consists of vision, dental, and women’s health services in Appalachia.  Each month, our volunteers spend a weekend providing care in communities where we have been invited to help.  While the expedition may only last for two or three days, literally months of work goes into each one. RAM in Wise County is considered the largest medical outreach that exists in the United States today. Over 7,000 patients were seen at this year’s past RAM in Wise, VA for numerous medical and dental needs.
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Health Wagon Stationary Clinics


In addition to our two mobile unit clinics, the Health Wagon also has two stationary clinics located in Wise, VA and Clintwood, VA.  This creates an excellent opportunity of specialty clinics and convenience for our patients.  The Health Wagon provides a full range of comprehensive health services at no cost to its patients.  The clinic offer a variety of specialty services including mammography, chest x-rays, diabetes education, diagnosis specialists, cardiologists, and pulmonology.
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Mobile Unit


Accessibility to culturally sensitive primary health care services that emphasize education and prevention is considered the key to improving the health status for populations residing in these rural areas.  Services are rendered free of charge; however, donations are encouraged and accepted.  The Health Wagon continues to strive to meet the unique challenges of health care delivery to the medically underserved and indigent in poverty-stricken areas of rural Appalachia.  Through the use of this innovative mobile health unit, health care doors are opened to many needy individuals, families and communities; doors that would have otherwise remained closed.
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Health Fairs


In addition to spearheading the largest medical outreach in the United States (Remote Area Medical), the Health Wagon also holds quarterly health fairs to further the education, medical care, and preventative services of the people in Southwest Virginia.
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Awards & Presentations


In 1980, the Health Wagon was founded by Sr. Bernie Kenny with the order of Medical Missionaries of Mary. She came to the Appalachian mountains at the request of the Richmond Catholic Diocese. She started the program when she began dispensing health care and a kind touch from her Volkswagen Beetle.
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Volunteers


Volunteers and private support are the lifeblood of the Health Wagon's ability to change lives in its rural service area.
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