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Saturday's Flamingo 5K the main fundraiser for Church Hill Medical Mission

Jeff Bobo • Aug 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — The Church Hill Medical Mission is asking the public to support its biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday, the sixth annual 5K Flamingo Race at Derrick Park.

Registration is from 6:30-7:30 Saturday morning. The fee is $25 for children under 17 and $30 for adults.

The 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. and refreshments will be served from 9-10:15 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top overall finishers in each category.

For more information about the Flamingo 5K, call (423) 256-2408.

What is the Church Hill Medical Mission?

The Church Hill Medical Mission is part of the Rogersville-based Of One Accord ministry and serves more than 1,000 patients every year, but has also traditionally operated on a shoestring budget.

The mission serves patients who are uninsured and whose incomes fall within 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

It offers general medical care, prescription medications, lab testing, limited referrals to specialists, a respiratory clinic, dermatology consultations, diabetes clinics and patient education by referral, a patient pharmacy assistance program and individualized Christian counseling by trained lay and/or ordained ministers

How is the Medical Mission funded?

Formerly known as Church Hill’s Free Clinic, the Medical Mission now requests a $5 donation per visit to help offset expenses.

In exchange for that $5, however, patients can see a physician or nurse and receive their medication for free.

Mission Director Tammy Brown noted that all clinic revenue comes from donations except for what the organization receives from the Baptist Grant, the Safety Net Grant and the patient fee of $5 per visit.

“The money made from the race keeps the clinic going,” Brown said. “This is our largest fundraiser every year.”

Location, hour, and services

The clinic office located at 401 Richmond St., Church Hill, is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It has three doctors, several nurse practitioners, several nurses, three pharmacy techs and one diabetes educator.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, the clinic is open from 10 am- 4pm.

On Tuesdays, the office is open from 10 am until 8 p.m., or until the last patient leaves.

An emphasis on diabetes treatment

The mission sees diabetic patients on Tuesday mornings and general medical patients on Tuesday nights.

“There is a great demand for the medical mission in our area,” Brown said. “Our patients have either lost their insurance due to a layoff or they never had any insurance. We cover Hawkins, Hancock County and Scott County Virginia diabetic patients.”

Of One Accord Director Sheldon Livesay told the Times News the Medical Mission is expensive, even with volunteer doctors. But the service is badly needed in the community.

“We know for sure that our diabetes program and general clinic are saving lives,” Livesay said. “It is critical to the population it serves. We still operate the diabetes clinic during days, and insulin products are very expensive, so all this is vitally important.”

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