NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY)-A new Community Health Clinic has opened in the southeastern part of Newport News.
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The clinic, named in honor of Charlie W. and Golden Bethune Hill, replaces the former Community Free Clinic. Golden H. Bethune Hill, RN, MSN is a retired Riverside executive and her husband, Dr. Charlie W. Hill is a retired business executive.
They both grew up in southeastern Newport News.
“We are grateful to the thousands of patients who have trusted our team to provide excellence, professionalism and compassion for their health and their challenging life situations. We cannot be proud that Riverside has agreed to continue to provide these qualities. services for all patients who come to the clinic for care, ”they said. “A gift to the Riverside Foundation is just one step we can all take to ensure that this important resource continues into the future. Our great desire is that past contributors and new donors are encouraged to join us. to support this important and often life-saving work. ”
In a press release, Riverside Medical Group (RMG) said the clinic “will be used to provide medical and dental care in addition to preventive services” to the “poor community.”
While the Community Free Clinic has been serving the community for more than a decade, changes in Medicaid eligibility have changed the access of most patients to the clinic.
“Access to health care requires many aspects of daily life to be consistent, including housing, education, transportation and nearby primary care resources. Often, care options are available. only emergency care is readily available in underserved areas.While emergency settings address for urgent care needs, they leave a gap in ongoing support for maintaining health, ”Said Sally Ryan, Chief Operations Officer for Riverside Medical Group.“ We have become part of the Community Free Clinic and are dedicated to continuing its efforts as a long-standing source for day-to-day care needs. in health. With strong, reliable care, we are excited for Charlie W. and Golden Bethune Hill Community Health Clinic to continue to bridge the disparities in our service area.
The Riverside Foundation donated space, operational and medical resources to ensure free medical care. The new Community Health Clinic accepts all types of insurance-including Medicaid.
It is home to comprehensive primary care services, a full-time dental practice and taking prescriptions. It also plans to add prenatal services and education programs such as diabetes management classes, cancer prevention and medication adherence.
Charlie W. and Golden Bethune Hill Community Health Clinic can be reached at (757) 316-5210 to schedule an appointment.