August 4, 2016
(COVINGTON, VA) – Since 1998, the Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic provided primary health care for the uninsured. In 2013, their name changed to Riverside Health Center. However, in December of 2015 the Riverside Health Center closed its doors. After several meetings and negotiations, Bath Community Hospital has purchased Riverside Health Center building and plans to be offer primary care services to the area by fall of this year.
Charlotte Williamson, Chair for the Riverside Health Center said, “We thank the Alleghany Foundation and others who financially supported our mission and we thank our patients who entrusted us with their care. We are pleased that primary health care will once again be provided by the Bath Community Hospital in the Riverside Health Center building.”
Kathy Landreth, CEO for Bath Community Hospital said, “We are excited about this opportunity to open a clinic in Covington. Over the past several years, many primary care providers have left this area leaving patients with no choice but to travel to seek routine medical care or to go without the care they need.” She continued “Bath Community Hospital’s mission is at the heart of our business decisions and with the purchase of this clinic we will be able to provide quality health and wellness services to this area, expand our reach and meet the needs of this community.”
For 16 years the free clinic operated with volunteer doctors; Dr. Aubrey Hall, Chief of Staff, Dr. James Walker, Dr. Raymond Claterbaugh, Dr. Unity Powell, Dr. Beulah Roblete, Dr. Sarah McHenry and other community volunteers. When Bath Community Hospital opens its clinic doors in October, it will be open 5 days a week and there will be two providers available to see patients.