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'60 Minutes' set to air Health Wagon segment

April 4th, 2014 10:25 pm by Staff report

'60 Minutes' set to air Health Wagon segment

WISE — The Health Wagon, Southwest Virginia's health provider outreach organization that provides free health care services as much as it can manage with available resources, has announced the CBS show "60 Minutes" will air its segment on The Health Wagon this Sunday.

The segment was filmed from October through December of last year. Sunday's "60 Minutes" show begins at 7 p.m.

The "60 Minutes" crew obtained over 200 hours of footage during the three months of biweekly filming. "60 Minutes" reporter Scott Pelley, also an anchor and managing editor of "CBS Evening News," conducted interviews with Health Wagon Executive Director Teresa Gardner and Clinical Director Paula Meade on Dec. 7 during a health fair and food distribution event in collaboration with Feed America-Southwest Virginia, and Zion Family Ministries.

"We are very excited for the national recognition this program will bring to Southwest Virginia as a whole, in addition to the positive publicity it will bring to The Health Wagon," Gardner said this week.

"The Health Wagon staff is very excited that the clinic and its patients will be featured on the widely watched news magazine program and hopes the national attention on TV will result in more volunteer and financial support for the clinic."

The Health Wagon is well known across the region for being the lead coordinating organization for the annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) Health Expedition held each summer at the Wise County Fairgrounds. RAM offers free medical, vision and dental care services to all comers during the three-day annual event that attracts thousands, the largest such event in the country.

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