The Westmoreland County Medical Center hosted an open house Aug. 18 in honor of National Community Health Center Week. The mid-week event was a part of state-wide celebrations that sought to inform the community of the availability of services in their area.
Approximately 80 residents came out to take advantage of free blood sugar screenings, BMI measurements and blood pressure tests. Participants also enjoyed demonstrations by MedAir Home Care, were offered chiropractic consultations by Forrest Physical Therapy of Tappahannock and The Westmoreland County Democratic Party Committee accepted new voter registration cards.
“This event is important to we practitioners as well as the community because it allows us the opportunity to let the public know that no matter what happens on a national level in terms of health care, we are here to serve them,” said Dr. Lisa Haynie. “We serve persons with or without health insurance — our services are on an income based sliding scale — and accept most major insurance plans. We’ve been here at the A.T. Johnson Building since 1997 and we are proud to know our patients on a personal level.”
99th District Del. Margaret Ransone also stopped in to support the cause.
“America’s foundation is based in community, and community health centers like this one keep our nation strong,” said Ransone.
Attendees were urged to join the health center’s advisory council — a group of caring citizens — which would serve as the executive board’s eyes and ears, making them aware of any growing health needs and concerns in the Westmoreland County area.
“Today really demonstrates who we are and what we do,” said Rod Manifold, executive director of Central Virginia Health Services Incorporated. “We want to identify persons who do not currently have a provider to consider us for their care – regardless of economic status. We celebrate community and want the public to know just that.”