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Community Outreach and Free Health Care Program

Volunteer Opportunities

You can make a difference in helping us provide compassionate, quality healthcare to the medically underserved in our area.

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In addition, medical professional volunteers such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, RNs, and LPNs are always needed and appreciated.

All volunteer licensed health providers with a current or temporary Virginia license are covered for liability under the Division of Risk Management program (Virginia Code 54.1-106) at no cost, this includes only medical malpractice (see for more information). Temporary license must be valid for dates of volunteer services.

Medical Tourism

The Health Wagon is looking for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and any other ancillary health professionals  to help provide health care to the medically under-served areas in rural Appalachia.  Our state-of-the-art mobile health unit serves many need individuals, families, and communities that would have otherwise remained untreated.

Volunteer opportunities range from one to three weeks.  During your tour, you will be working both in our stand alone and mobile clinics.  We provide basic primary care to our patients.  Typical medical conditions include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and hyperlipidemia.  These patients will warm your heart because they are so appreciative of the medical care they receive.

A typical one week clinic schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – Wise Clinic (Wise County)

    Free standing 4,900 square foot clinic.

  • Tuesday – Mobile Clinic in Clinchco (Dickenson County)

    Rural, underserved town of 400 people, most of who are uninsured and unable to travel to the clinic in Wise.

  • Wednesday – Clintwood Clinic (Dickenson County)

    Free standing 1,800 square foot clinic in the 1.9 square mile town of Clintwood.

  • Thursday – Mobile Clinic in Appalachia (Wise County)

    Historic, struggling town of 2,000 people.  The mobile clinic parks in front of a high school that has been closed.

  • Friday – Return to Wise Clinic (Wise County)

All clinics are from approximately 9 AM to 5 PM.  Weekends and evenings are free so that you may enjoy the beautiful sights and scenery of Southwest Virginia’s mountains.

Medical volunteer tourism in Southwest Virginia is a perfect, tax-deductable way to provide medical care to underserved Americans while having an opportunity to tour a part of the United States that is rarely seen.  We encourage volunteers to bring their families with them and enjoy the numerous activities in the area.  We’ll even put your family members to work with us, as there’s always something to do at the clinic!

  • Download the Volunteer Application Packet
  • Download the application to submit for a temporary Virginia license
  • Download the Sponsor Certification for Volunteers

Medical and dental providers that are out of state and do not have a Virginia medical license will need to obtain a temporary license.

For more information, please contact Ashley Fleming (276) 328-8850.

Disclaimer:  Volunteers will need to apply for a volunteer medical license through the Virginia Board of Medicine (takes approximately two weeks).  All travel, lodging, and activity expenses are to be paid for by volunteers.


Clinic Naming Opportunities

Supporters of the Health Wagon may wish to have an opportunity to make a memorial gift or a gift to honor an individual by naming a part of the Health Wagon clinic building in Wise, Virginia. The Board of Trustees has established a naming opportunities program to guide and assist donors who wish to make such gifts.

For more information, please see the brochure below.

Naming Opportunities Brochure

Ways To Help The Health Wagon

Save a Life 

Your gift today multiplies in impact to help provide lifesaving health care to uninsured patients in Central Appalachia.

Thanks to donated time as a volunteer, donated supplies and equipment, through monetary donation and through planned giving, your gift increases impact to provide one of life’s basic necessities, health care.

The Health Wagon is the only refuge for many; care provided is lifesaving.

Your gift today gives hope to a child, adult or older person in dire need of health care.

Ways to Help the Health Wagon

Individual Donation

Follow this link to make an online donation (

To mail a donation, please mail it to: St. Mary’s Health Wagon, P.O. Box 7070, Wise, VA 24293.


If you wish to donate stock, please use the following information:

Investment Firm: Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Health Wagon A/C #: 46809519

Health Wagon DTC #: 0756

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

If you are 70 ½ or older and own an IRA, you may make a direct transfer of up to $100,000 annually from your IRA to St. Mary’s Health Wagon without having to include the withdrawal in your adjusted gross income for income tax purposes.

The details are:

  • Donor must be 70 ½ or older.
  • Donation must come from a traditional or inherited IRA.
  • The maximum annual gift transfer is $100,000 per donor.
  • Transfers must go directly to a recognized charitable organization such as The Health Wagon.  Be careful.  The money cannot go to you first.
  • Donation counts toward satisfying donor’s required minimum distribution but is not included in adjusted gross income.

Planned Giving or Gifts Outside of Wills

If you wish to include the Health Wagon in gifts outside of wills, including gifts like a charitable lead trust, charitable lead annuity trust, bargain sale and retained lift estate all avoid probate, as well as gifts of assets like appreciated securities, retirement plans, insurance policies and real estate, please contact Rachel Helton at

If you have any questions about making a donation, please do not hesitate calling us.  Contact Dr. Teresa Tyson or Rachel Helton at (276) 328-8850.


If you are interested in volunteering at the Health Wagon, please contact Ashley Fleming or Henry Price-Viers at or or call (276) 328-8850.

Host a Fundraiser for the Health Wagon

If you would like to host a fundraiser for the Health Wagon, please contact Rachel Helton at or call (276) 328-8850.

Invite the Health Wagon for a Speaking Engagement

If you would like to invite Dr. Tyson and Dr. Hill-Collins to speak at an event or conference, please contact Dr. Tyson at or call (276) 328-8850.

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