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March 16, 2020

Attention Patients: Coronavirus Updates

SVCHS to Hold Multiple COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testings This Week: August 11, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at their four community health centers. 

Appointments are available at each of our four community health centers:

  • Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Administration Building (13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, VA  24361): Monday, August 17, 2020 and Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Saltville Medical Center (308 West Main Street Saltville, VA  24370): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Twin City Medical Center (2195 Euclid Avenue, Suite 6 Bristol, VA  24201): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tazewell Community Health Center (386 Ben Bolt Avenue Tazewell, VA  24651): Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. Rapid and PCR tests are available. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. There are a limited number of appointments available each day and will be offered on a first call first serve basis. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in two to three days unless a rapid test is performed.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS to Hold Multiple COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testings This Week: August 5, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at their four community health centers. 

Appointments are available at each of our four community health centers:

  • Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Administration Building (13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, VA  24361): Monday, August 10, 2020 and Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • Saltville Medical Center (308 West Main Street Saltville, VA  24370): Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Twin City Medical Center (2195 Euclid Avenue, Suite 6 Bristol, VA  24201): Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tazewell Community Health Center (386 Ben Bolt Avenue Tazewell, VA  24651): Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. Rapid and PCR tests are available. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. There are a limited number of appointments available each day and will be offered on a first call first serve basis. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in two to three days unless a rapid test is performed.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS Celebrates National Health Center Week Virtually: August 4, 2020

In celebration of National Health Center Week (NHCW), Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is switching gears this year and celebrating the week virtually during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The event is part of a national campaign during the week of August 9 – 15, 2020 with the theme of “Community Health Centers: Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future”!  to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring health care to the medically underserved.

Community Health Centers serve as the beacon of strength, service, and care in their communities. In moments of pain and loss, they offer support and love. In moments of triumph, they offer hope and a vision for the future. Let’s come together this week to celebrate the roles Community Health Centers have played in both our recent moments of loss and triumph.  This National Health Center Week honors those front line providers, staff, and beloved patients who lost their lives during the (ongoing) COVID-19 pandemic. From the very beginning of the crisis, Community Health Centers began finding innovative ways to provide preventative and primary care to their patients. During this week of remembrance, light a candle for those community health leaders, patients that we lost. As we commemorate those lives and celebrate the future of Community Health, let’s shine a light across the country that will embody the future of primary health care aces for underserved populations. Shine a light on your Community Health Center and share the value that it brings to everyone who it touches.

Each day of NHCW 2020 is dedicated to a particular focus area:

  • Sunday, 8/9: Public Health in Housing Day 
  • Monday, 8/10: Healthcare for the Homeless Day
  • Tuesday, 8/11: Agricultural Worker Health Day
  • Wednesday, 8/12: Patient Appreciation Day
  • Thursday, 8/13: Stakeholder Appreciation Day
  • Friday, 8/14: Health Center Staff Appreciation Day
  • Saturday, 8/15: Children’s Health Day

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is part of a nationwide network of locally-run health centers that serve more than 28 million people nationwide. They are on the front lines of national public health challenges – whether caring for veterans, providing opioid treatment, or responding to natural disasters. They are also a lifeline in remote and underserved communities where the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as 50 miles or more away. Nearly half of health centers (44 percent) are located in rural communities.

  • Highlights of health center accomplishments include: 
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room;
  • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit;
  • Serving more than one in six Medicaid beneficiaries for less than two percent of the national Medicaid budget;
  • Lowering the cost of children’s primary care by approximately 35 percent;
  • Treating 65,000 patients with Medication Assisted Therapy for opioid use disorder in 2017; and,
  • Serving over 355,000 veterans throughout the country.

NHCW highlights how health centers are at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care, reaching beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and substance use disorders.  Community Health Centers’ success in managing chronic disease in medically vulnerable communities has helped reduce health care costs for American taxpayers. 

This year, SVCHS, is celebrating the week virtually by hosting outside visits to our new travelling testing unit that will be assisting at the COVID-19 testing.

This unit at each of our four health centers during the week:

  • Meadowview Community Health Center on Monday, August 10
  • Saltville Community Health Center on Tuesday, August 11
  • Bristol Community Health Center on Wednesday, August 12
  • Tazewell Community Health Center on Thursday, August 13

For Patient Appreciation Day, patients who have appointments during the week will receive a small token of appreciation from SVCHS. For Agricultural Worker Day, workers with the Migrant Health Network will be passing out small tokens of appreciation to all of our agricultural worker patients. For Health Center Staff Appreciation Day, staff members from each site will be treated to lunch from an outside vendor. For Children’s Health Day and Public Health Day, SVCHS will be celebrating all week long on social media with healthcare-related children’s book readings from staff members and their family members.

SVCHS will be posting digital content on their Facebook page and website all week long from local and national government officials and providers and staff from SVCHS. We encourage our patients and community members to like, share, and comment on any content posted.

Tazewell Community Health Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing in Tazewell, VA: July 30, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Tazewell Community Health Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Thursday, August 6, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. There are a limited number of appointments available each day and will be offered on a first call first serve basis. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in five to seven days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Twin City Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing in Bristol, VA: July 29, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Twin City Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 and Wednesday, August 5, 2020 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. There are a limited number of appointments available each day and will be offered on a first call first serve basis. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in five to seven days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Meadowview, Virginia on Thursday, July 23, 2020: July 15, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at SVCHS’ Administration building in Meadowview, Virginia.  

Appointments are available on Thursday, July 23, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at SVCHS’ Administration building located at 13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, Virginia 24361. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020: July 15, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs

Check out this video from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about to helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

For more information on how to correctly wear a cloth face covering, please watch this video below from the CDC.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that wearing a cloth face covering in public may help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visiting Friends and Family with Higher Risk for Severe Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when you visit friends & family who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, take these important steps. Wear cloth face coverings. Stay 6 at least feet apart. Meet outside if possible. Wash your hands often. Sanitize all touched surfaces.

SVCHS to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Meadowview, Virginia on Thursday, July 16, 2020: July 7, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at SVCHS’ Administration building in Meadowview, Virginia.  

Appointments are available on Thursday, July 16, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at SVCHS’ Administration building located at 13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, Virginia 24361. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is available on an appointment or drive-up basis. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments, but it is not required. Testing priority will be given to people who schedule appointments and otherwise testing will be done on a first come first served basis the day of the event. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling or drive-up, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing on Tuesday, July 14, 2020: July 7, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is available on an appointment or drive-up basis. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments, but it is not required. Testing priority will be given to people who schedule appointments and otherwise testing will be done on a first come first served basis the day of the event. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling or drive-up, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing on Tuesday, July 7, 2020: July 1, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is available on an appointment or drive-up basis. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments, but it is not required. Testing priority will be given to people who schedule appointments. Otherwise,  testing will be done on a first come first served basis the day of the event. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling or drive-up, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Meadowview, Virginia on Thursday, July 9, 2020: July 1, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at SVCHS’ Administration building in Meadowview, Virginia.  

Appointments are available on Thursday, July 9, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at SVCHS’ Administration building located at 13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, Virginia 24361. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is available on an appointment or drive-up basis. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments, but it is not required. Testing priority will be given to people who schedule appointments. Otherwise, testing will be done on a first come first served basis the day of the event. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling or drive-up, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Meadowview, Virginia on Thursday, July 2, 2020: June 23, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at SVCHS’ Administration building in Meadowview, Virginia.  

Appointments are available on Thursday, July 2, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at SVCHS’ Administration building located at 13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, Virginia 24361. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020: June 23, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Medication Assistance Program (MAP) to Help Qualifying Community Members: June 16, 2020

With many community members out of work during this unprecedented time with rising unemployment numbers, Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems’ (SVCHS) Medication Assistance Program (MAP) can help qualifying community members with free medications.

 MAP was designed to help supply free medications for Southwest Virginia residents who are either without prescription coverage or who are currently in the Medicare Coverage Gap “donut hole.” These medications are provided by using The Pharmacy Connection, which has direct contact with pharmaceutical companies. The Pharmacy Connection was developed and is funded by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF). A public/private partnership, VHCF helps uninsured Virginians and those who live in underserved communities receive medical, dental and mental health care. VHCF support helps free clinics, community health centers and others to expand both the types of care offered and the number of patients cared for each year.

Eligibility is determined by the companies who provide the medication requested. There are no guarantees that patients will qualify for assistance. Not all medications prescribed are offered on this program. If medications are available and patients qualify for assistance, it may take 4-8 weeks or longer to initially receive medications.

Participants do not have to be a patient of SVCHS, but a Primary Care Physician would have to be willing to sign their applications.

Each of SVCHS’ four sites have a MAP Coordinator, who can help interested community members with the application process and see if they meet the set qualifications.

“The medication program offered at SVCHS has been instrumental in improving the health of our patients and those who live within our communities. Patients tell us every day that they don’t know what they would do without the program. We have dedicated employees who go out of their way to help patients receive these free medications,” Jill Talbert, RN, SVCHS’ Clinical Director said.

For more information regarding the MAP program, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Meadowview, Virginia on June 18, 2020: June 9, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at SVCHS’ Administration building in Meadowview, Virginia.  

Appointments are available on Thursday, June 18, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at SVCHS’ Administration building located at 13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, Virginia 24361. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing on June 16 ,2020: June 9, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

SVCHS to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Meadowview, Virginia on June 11, 2020: June 2, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at SVCHS’ Administration building in Meadowview, Virginia. 

Appointments are available on Thursday, June 11, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at SVCHS’ Administration building located at 13191 Glenbrook Avenue, Meadowview, Virginia 24361. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing on June 9, 2020: June 2, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing on June 2, 2020: May 27, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing on May 26, 2020: May 21, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is to test for current virus infection and is not antibody testing. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling, and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center to Hold COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing: May 13, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is offering appointments to community members for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at the Saltville Medical Center’s drive-thru site.

Appointments are available on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Testing is not available on a walk-in basis. Insurance information will be collected at the time of the appointment scheduling and insurance will be billed for the test. For patients who do not have insurance, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of testing. The tests will be offered to the first 24 people who call and request testing. Depending on demand SVCHS may expand the testing available at future events.

“We are excited to be able to assist our local health department’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by increasing access to testing.” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director at Southwest Virginia Community Health Centers. “Increased testing capacity is critical to being able to keep our community safe as our economy begins to reopen.”

Patients with appointments must travel in their personal vehicles to their appointments, Testing is done without patients leaving their vehicles. Testing results are available in three to five days.

Bresowar said. “It is crucial for everyone in our community to have access to testing to better protect themselves and their families at home.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 276-496-4492.

Statement from Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems about COVID-19 Preparedness and Safety: April 28, 2020, 3:22 p.m.

Dear Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Patient,

We know that you all are thinking about safety during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I am writing today not to alarm you, but to put you more at ease in knowing the steps we are taking at Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems to keep you safe and healthy. We are following procedures recommended by the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. While the number of cases in the U.S. continues to climb, we want to lessen some of your fears by sharing our preparedness efforts and how you can help to protect yourself, your family, and the community.

As always, our medical providers will be thoroughly washing hands before each patient, but will also have hand sanitizer for additional use in each room. We will be thoroughly cleaning the rooms between each patient and using disinfectants to reduce risk of exposure. Medical providers and all others staff will be checking themselves for fever or symptoms and will take time away as warranted.

All four of our community health centers are open to serve you and your families during this time. We have made some changes to our hours at the Saltville Medical Center, which will be closed on Saturdays until further notice.

There are new measures we are now putting into place to minimize patient risk because we have patients of all ages and levels of immunity, we are choosing to use the utmost precaution to make sure you are not exposed when you visit.

One of these precautions are the use of telemedicine at the discretion of your medical provider. Telemedicine allows you receive a virtual visit from your provider in the comfort of your own home. This is set into place to be able to let you stay at home, while also receiving quality medical care.

Anyone who does enter any of our facilities, including New Day Recovery and Southwest Virginia Regional Dental Center, will be triaged. This process includes a temperature check and questions to ensure that you are not a risk to any of our other patients. We encourage patients to bring their own mask if they have one due to current personal protective gear shortages nationwide. Otherwise, all patients will receive a mask to wear.

For anyone who is experiencing any type of Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, we are allowing drive-up testing to reduce any type of spread into the health center. The patient will remain in their car the whole time, while a healthcare provider administers the test. The healthcare provider will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to administer this test.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we navigate implementing best practices during this time. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems are fully committed to providing you with safe, excellent care and the most up-to-date preparedness efforts as we navigate this challenging time together.

Sincerely,

                                                      Bryan Haynes

CEO

                                                                                

SVCHS Now Providing Telemedicine, Telebehavioral Health, and Teledentistry Services: April 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) is currently providing telemedicine, telebehavioral, and teledentistry health services to provide patients with services from the comfort of their own homes during the time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Telemedicine will be provided to patients at the discretion of their current medical provider via Zoom, which is a free application that the patient would need to download for these services. The patient will need access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone, along with an email address.

Behavioral health staff are currently providing all of their regular services through telebehavioral health and can see any patient of SVCHS.  Staff utilize Zoom, phone, and any other medium that is available to the patient in order to provide services. This includes New Day Recovery because managing a substance use disorder is more difficult during increased stress.   We are accepting new referrals for people who are struggling with opioid use disorder. 

Currently, the SVCHS Dental Department is utilizing teledentistry services to provide access to care for dental services during COVID-19. Teledentistry provides patients with secure, one-stop access to a provider without the need to leave home, which can ease multiple burdens on families.  During the COVID-19 outbreak, teledentistry is an effective way to triage patients and conduct problem-focused evaluations to limit office visits to patients needing urgent or emergency care.

“As an organization we are excited to be able to offer telehealth and phone consults with for patients. This new service will allow us to keep patients healthy and address as many medical needs as possible while minimizing people’s exposure to the healthcare system during this outbreak,” said Medical Director Kristin Bresowar, MD.

These services are provided for the health and safety of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about any of these services, please call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center Hour Changes: April 16, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Saltville Medical Center will be closing at 5 p.m. and will no longer be providing services on Saturday until further notice.

Saltville Medical Center Open: April 9, 2020, 9:40 a.m.

The Saltville Medical Center is open today, April, 9, 2020.

SVCHS Confirms Two Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19): April 8, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) staff members from the Saltville Medical Center have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two employees are currently quarantined at home and following all isolation procedures to avoid community spread.

“Any patient that entered the Saltville Medical Center between the dates of Monday, March 30, 2020 and Friday, April 3, 2020 should consider themselves exposed to COVID-19,” said Kristin Bresowar, MD, Medical Director.

Over the following days, any patients who were in the facility during the time who had direct contract with affected staff will be contacted personally.

Bresowar advises that all patients who were in our facilities during those dates should monitor themselves for any symptoms of COVID-19 and try to separate themselves from any other household members, if possible. Patients are asked to contact SVCHS for testing if symptoms should develop.

“We understand that this is a difficult time for both our patients and our employees. Keeping everyone safe at our health centers and within our community must be our first priority. For that reason, the Saltville Medical Center is temporarily closed today, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, to the public, so we can conduct some additional cleaning within the facility based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our patients.” Bryan Haynes, CEO said.

At this time, the only confirmed cases are at Saltville Medical Center in Saltville, VA. While no other cases have been reported, SVCHS is prepared at our other health centers in Meadowview, Bristol, and Tazewell to handle any additional cases.

 “Our main priority is the health and safety of our patients and employees during this time,” Haynes said.

The best way to limit spread is through social distancing and frequent hand washing. Anyone who feels sick or is exhibiting the common symptoms of the Coronavirus is advises to stay at home until symptoms have subsided. Common Coronavirus symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, and temperature, but not all patients exhibit a temperature. Other symptoms to varying extents can include fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste, loss of smell, and loss of hearing.

For more information, please call 276-496-4492.

Saltville Medical Center Hour Changes: March 27, 2020, 11:48 a.m.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Saltville Medical Center will no longer be providing services on Saturday until further notice.

Optometry Appointment Changes: March 24, 2020, 9:45 a.m.

These changes were implemented on Monday, March 23, 2020 and will stay in place until further notice.

These changes include:

  1. Postpone all routine eyecare, including new patients to optometric services
  2. Urgent and acute care will be provided as deemed necessary by optometric staff
  3. Please direct all patients who have questions or wish to schedule an appointment to the optometric assistant at (276) 496 – 4492 extension 1222
  4. The optometric staff will triage patients via phone to determine necessity of examinations
  5. Expiring contact lens and glasses prescriptions will be renewed on a case-by-case basis
  6. Optometry staff will make every effort to refer emergent cases to a specialist without requiring an office visit to SVCHS

For questions regarding these changes, please call (276) 496 – 4492.

Service Changes at SVCHS: March 19, 2020, 8:05 a.m.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS), in light of the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, will be making some changes to service.

Patients will be contacted soon who have appointments until Friday, April 3, 2020, who are considered in the high risk category. Those patients will be offered reschedules in May and/or June 2020. These in the high risk categories include 65 years or older, COPD and other pulmonary disease, heart disease, immunocompromised (cancer, autoimmune disease), and diabetics.

For the safety of our medical providers and other patients, SVCHS is requesting that only patients enter the health centers unless a caregiver is required, such as a minor or a patient requiring assistance. Upon entering the buildings, everyone will be screened at a triage station where temperature will be taken along with other information. Patients that screen positive will be issued a mask and roomed immediately. Upon no available rooms, patient will be directed to their car where you will be called via cell phone or notified by a nurse. For patients who are sick, but does not screen positive for coronavirus, each site will have different sick waiting room areas.  

As of March 17, 2020, it was recommended by the Virginia Dental Association, that all dental offices postpone any non-emergent care for two weeks. During this time period, the treatment of emergency dental visits and extraction appointments, by review of provider, will be kept in place. New patients and routine preventative care will be postponed until a later date.

New Day Recovery will not be seeing groups until further notice to limit the amount of exposure, but will still see patients for their full individual medical visit and prescriptions on the day that they normally come for their group visit. Behavioral health care providers will verbally check in with patients on recovery issues during their medical visit during this time period. New Day Recovery will not be conducting coronavirus screening or testing.

The National Nutrition Month event that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Meadowview Health Clinic has been cancelled, along with the Festival de la Primavera on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

SVCHS appreciates you understanding and patience during this time of uncertainty and will provide updates as they are received.

Attention Medical Patients:

With the current Coronavirus outbreak, you may experience slightly different check-in procedures and questions from our staff. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these changes as we try to keep our community safe.

Attention Dental Patients:


With the current Coronavirus outbreak, it is now recommended as of, 3/17/2020, that all dental offices postpone any non-emergent care for two weeks. During this time period, the treatment of emergency dental visits and extraction appointments, by review of provider, will be kept in place. New patients and routine preventative care will be postponed until a later date.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and, as of now, our community health centers are operating with regular business hours.