What a year!

2016 – what a year for the Mel Leaman Free Clinic! We set our sights on some big goals, and we met them all!

Through our on-going collaboration with Emory & Henry College, we focused much of the year on relocating the MLFC to our new facility on the E&H School of Health Science campus. That work included several successful grant applications totaling over $150,000 for new equipment, furnishings, and our dental operatory. We moved the clinic in early August and began seeing patients in the new facility on August 8.

In early summer, we received word that our grant proposal to fund a full-time clinician was approved, and in early July, we welcomed Amanda Fleenor, a Physician Assistant who had been a volunteer at the MLFC for over a year. This position is being funded through a three-year grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Eventually, the position will become an E&H faculty position with the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program based in the MLFC.

In August we also migrated from paper charts to a cloud-based electronic medical records system called AthenaHealth. Electronic records will allow our staff to operate more efficiently and we’ll have more success tracking patient health outcomes.

On top of all of this, we were able to begin offering behavioral health and dental hygiene services. Two health programs that are desperately needed in our region.

Overall, we were able to provide services to 660┬ápatients through 2,701 patient visits in 2016! And we couldn’t have provided the care our patients need without the support of our community. Thank you for being part of our team!

We have several new services and events planned for 2017. Please stay tuned to learn how you can help us improve the health of our community.