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August 2018


The Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved individuals of Central Appalachia. Our values are inclusiveness, community outreach, collaboration, spirituality and empowerment.
Let us tell you The Health Wagon story. Our average patient is 46 years old. Eighty-six percent of our patients are uninsured. Seventy percent of them have an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. This means they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Our patients live in desperately poverty-stricken rural Appalachia, where they can’t afford to go to the doctor but can’t afford not to. The mobility of our health clinic means we are able to fill the gap, whether they are in line at the food bank or at their job, we bring healthcare to them.


Upcoming Events

▪ August 17: Dermatology Clinic
▪ September 6-7 2018: Miles of Smiles Dental Unit will be at the Health Wagon Smiddy Clinic
▪ September 22-23: Lee County Remote Area Medical Event
▪ October 6-7: Grundy Remote Area Medical Event
▪ October 14-16, 2018: National Association of Free and Charitable Clinic conference- in Henderson, Nevada
▪ October 29-:30: Dermatology, Urology and Endocrinology Clinic
▪ June 28, 29, 30, 2019: 20th Annual Wise County RAM event
August 17: Dermatology Clinic
September 6-7 2018: Miles of Smiles Dental Unit will be at the Health Wagon Smiddy Clinic
September 22-23: Lee County Remote Area Medical Event
October 6-7: Grundy Remote Area Medical Event
October 14-16, 2018: National Association of Free and Charitable Clinic conference- in Henderson, Nevada
October 29-:30: Dermatology, Urology and Endocrinology Clinic
June 28, 29, 30, 2019: 20th Annual Wise County RAM event

August Mobile Unit Schedule

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Coeburn- 8/7/18
St. Paul- 8/2/18
Big Stone Gap- 8/10/18
Pound- 8/13/18
Oakwood- Every Tuesday
Lebanon- 8/21/18-8/22/18
Binns Counts- 8/16/18
Clinchco- 8/23/18

Please call 276-328-8850 for information on the mobile unit schedule.

Mobile unit schedule is subject to change, please call 276-328-8850 for more information


Help Wanted

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The Heath Wagon is in desperate need of a volunteer dentist and dental assistant. We have a dental waiting list with hundreds of desperate patients needing assistance. If anyone is interesting in volunteering please contact Haley Meade at 276-328-8850.

Inside the Health Wagon


What a wonderful witness for God that came by the Health Wagon clinic last month. Our friend, Dorothy Taulbee, brought us prayer bracelets that were anointed and prayed over to be given to our patients. She gives each prayer bracelet out with a message telling all who receive one about Jesus.


Health Wagon: Encouraging Smoking Cessation

We can help you quit.

Health Wagon clinicians witness the damaging effects of smoking in patients almost daily and can help fight the addiction. We know that 70 percent of smokers want to quit and that attempts to do so are more successful if they receive assistance and guidance. Our lung specialist, Dr. Joseph Smiddy, offers both diagnostic as well as smoking cessation services at our clinics in Wise and Clintwood.

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: “We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.”

Please act now to begin your fight. Smokers die, on average, 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Don’t be one of them.

Sign up for help today by calling (276) 328-8850.

Health Wagon
5626 Patriot Dr, Wise, VA 24293


Patient Assistance Funds

The Health Wagon is seeking donations for our patient assistance fund. These funds are given directly to patients to assist with transportation to and from specialty doctor visits, medication assistance, food, and any other needs the patients may have. If you would like to donation to this fund please do so by clicking here https://thehealthwagon.networkforgood.com/projects/50238-health-wagon-donation-page. If you would like to mail a check, please send it to P.O. Box 7070 Wise, VA 24293. Our patients greatly appreciate the support from our donors. We are very blessed.

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Our dear friend and volunteer David Hill has it on his heart to do a project for the uninsured. David was in a life changing automobile accident in 1990 and wants to give back to his community. This project is a Traumatic Brain Injury project involving tee shirt sales with all funds raised to benefit uninsured patients. He has requested this fund be restricted to fund dentures and oral health for patients.
The gift required to receive a tee shirt is $12 (includes sales tax). All gifts will be tax deductible as it will go to our nonprofit organization. We have tee shirts available at the Health Wagon and will be placing another order. Please contact (276) 328-8850 to order a tee shirt today! David thanks you all in advance for supporting his project! David has other designs that we will be ordering as well! Stay tuned for other designs.


The Health Wagon now has a blog on our website. Thanks so much to Betty Boyd for donating her time writing our blogs! To view it please visit http://thehealthwagon.org/hwwp/category/blog/


▪ https://wcyb.com/news/local/500k-federal-grant-coming-to-clintwood-for-health-clinic
▪ http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/coalfield_progress/remote-area-medical-missions-of-mercy-provide-care-at-college/article_3b0d6df6-8eb7-11e8-9761-870f39cc9687.html
▪ http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Hundreds-seek-free-health-care-at-Wise-County-Clinic-488767221.html
▪ https://www.timesnews.net/Health-Care/2018/07/20/RAM-M-O-M-still-a-team.html?ci=stream&lp=3&p=1
▪ https://www.timesnews.net/Health-Care/2018/07/19/M-O-M-founder-salutes-RAM-s-Brock
▪ http://beltmag.com/gop-medicaid-expansion/
▪ https://www.timesnews.net/Health-Care/2018/07/12/19th-annual-RAM-coming-to-Wise-Fairgrounds.html
▪ http://www.auvsi.org/industry-news/flirtey-celebrates-three-year-anniversary-its-kitty-hawk-moment
▪ https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/ram-provides-free-medical-care-to/article_e8d4337a-e6c5-5df7-9c00-ce252ea4c698.html



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RAM Wise Recap



1349 individual patients received free medical, dental and vision care at the 19th annual Remote Area Medical event in Wise, VA.

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Dr. D'Angelo pictured with Sr. Bernie Kenny the Founder of the Health Wagon. Dr. D'Angelo is a Dentist with the University of Buffalo

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The founders of Remote Area Medical Wise, Virginia- Stan Brock, Dr. Teresa Tyson and Sr. Bernie Kenny

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RAD-AID Appalachia team worked at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Wise event in Virginia for rural outreach, by donating 140 ultrasound exams. RAD-AID supported RAM's mobile clinics for the last two annual events. We are very thankful for the services RAD-AID provides to Health Wagon patients year around.

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The Health Wagon is very appreciative of Wise County Sheriff’s Department! Deputies Turner and Potter provided security. However, they went above and beyond helping with patient issues and crowd control! They are pictured here with Governor Northam.


Governor Northam visits the 19th Annual Remote Area Wise Health Expedition. We are very thankful for his support.


Nurse practitioners thanking Governor Northam for his support of increasing health care access in the Commonwealth. Pictures taken at the largest free medical event in the United States, Remote Area Medical Wise County.

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Senator Warner visits the Remote Area Medical (RAM) event to see first hand health care disparities in central Appalachia.

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Richard Crowe visited Remote Area Medical Wise in July. He is working with RAM to start a clinic site in Hazard, Ky starting in 2019.

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Health Wagon receptionist Patricia Campbell was recognized as a Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivor. This year’s t-shirts were in honor of ovarian cancer survivors! We are very blessed to have Pat back to work!

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The Health Wagon would like to give a very special THANK YOU to all the local businesses of Wise County who gave so selflessly to help out with the RAM Health Expedition in July. Some of the organization and company’s who supported this event were Suburban Propane, Air Serve, Pepsi of Norton, Meade Tractor of Abingdon, McDonalds of Wise, Food City of Wise, Burger King of Norton, Subway of Norton, Hardees of Norton, Kids Central, Renos of Wise, Friendly Tire of Wise, Applebees, Romas, Moon Dog, Mountain Grounds, Doughmakers, Mr. Gaetti’s, Pizza King, Fishtales, Arby’s, etc. These businesses have been helping out for years! Please remember them when making purchases. They give back to their community, and so do many others.

Also, a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers, both general and medical and donors! This event would not be possible without each and every single one of you!

Recent Developments

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Dr. Teresa Tyson, Dr. Paula Hill-Collins and Roger Ramey interviewed with WCYB promoting the Remote Area Medical (RAM) event that was held on July 20-22. FREE dental, eye and medical care was provided for the region. Special thanks to all the volunteers for helping so many! Thank you Lion, Roger Ramey for being with us through 19 years of service!


Dr. Teresa Tyson and Dr. Paula Hill-Collins were the keynote speakers at the Second Annual International Rural Nursing Conference in Nashville, TN. Health Wagon board member David C. Gordon closed out the event on Thursday night!


The Health Wagon is very thankful for our friend an author, August Wallmeyer, who is accompanied by Senator Howell last week taking a tour of the Smiddy Clinic at Wise. Augie’s book, Extremes of Virginia, is a profound expose on the significant differences in the “Two Virginia’s.”


Dr. Teresa Tyson, Dr. Paula Hill-Collins and Sheila Collins are pictured with the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa. While on their trip to Washington D.C., they ran into him as he was making a visit to the United States White House for a meeting with President Trump.


Alana Yates, Host Supervisor for Dickenson County Goodwill Participants and Haley Meade, Host Supervisor for Wise County Participants, attended the 2018 Annual Host Agency Conference in Abingdon, Virginia on July 25, 2018. The Health Wagon is proud to have a total of 4 current participants. We are very thankful for this program and partnership.


The Heath Wagon Directors were invited to dinner with Senator Warner to discuss important issues going on in Southwest Virginia.


Health Awareness for August

This month, we are recognizing:

• Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
• National Breastfeeding Month
• National Immunization Awareness Month
• Psoriasis Awareness Month
• World Breastfeeding Week (first week of August)
• National Health Center Week (second full week of August)


Target Illness Spotlight

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Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures.

Common signs and symptoms:
• High body temperature- A body temperature of 104 F or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
• Altered mental state-confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium and seizures.
• Alteration in sweating- in a heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
• Nausea and vomiting- You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
• Flushed skin- Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
• Rapid breathing- Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
• Racing heart rate- Your pulse may increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
• Headache- Your head may throb.

For more information please visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/basics/definition/con-20032814

Donate to The Health Wagon

If you would like to donate to The Health Wagon, we would greatly appreciate it if you would contribute online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/thehealthwagon/

Or you can mail donation checks to:

The Health Wagon, P.O. Box 7070, Wise, VA 24293

As a nonprofit organization, volunteers are welcome and tax deductible donations are accepted.

State Employees - Give through the CVC Campaign (#03588)

Federal Employees- CFC Code 33986

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The Health Wagon Wish List

Medical Supplies

Alcohol wipes, Nebulizers, Nebulizer tubing, Scalpels, Sutures, UA dip sticks, Band aids, Safety needles, Exam table paper, Butterflies, Gauze, Syringes, Medical tape, Exam gloves, Suture removal kits


Ibuprofen, Iron Supplements, Antacids,Decongestants, Dandruff Shampoo,

Aspirin, Folic acid, Anti-diarrheas, Zantac, Nexium, Allergy Medication, Claritin D, Antibacterial ointment, Prilosec, Foot/skin cream/lotion, Anti-Fungal cream, prenatal vitamins

Office Supplies

Copy paper, Paper clips, K-cups (any variety), Toilet paper, Pens, Paper towels,

3 Ring Binders (all sizes),Post-it notes, First class stamps, Coffee cups, Letter size manila folders, Sharpies, Disinfecting wipes, Highlighters, Binder dividers,

33 gallon garbage bags, Batteries, Stapler and staples, Cleaning supplies

White out, 3 whole punch, Scotch tape,Stapler remover, Mail envelopes, Gift cards

Items to give to patients

Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Razors, Diapers, Wipes, Lotions, Soaps, Can foods

Contact Us

Visit us at: www.thehealthwagon.org

Call us at: (276)-328-8850

Our offices are located at: 5626 Patriot Dr • Wise, VA 24293

P.O.Box 7070 Wise, VA 24293

233 Chase St, Suite 100 • Clintwood, VA 24228

P.O.Box 709 Clintwood, VA 24228

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