Richmond Area High Blood Pressure Center
1200 W. Cary Street
P.O. Box 5039
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement To prevent premature death and disability resulting from strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure due to hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia among the uninsured and under insured.
CEO/Executive Director Melanie Barthlow MPH
Board Chair Evan Sisson PharmD
Board Chair Company Affiliation VCU Health System
Contact Information
Address 1200 W. Cary Street
P.O. Box 5039
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 359-9375
Fax 804 359-2635
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $285,000.00
Projected Expenses $285,000.00
Mission To prevent premature death and disability resulting from strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure due to hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia among the uninsured and under insured.
In the past year, we have added two new volunteer cardiologists to our team.  We now have cardiology clinic twice a month.  We have expanded our education efforts to three other sites and attended 50% more outreach events.  Our clinic services to the community again expanded, this time an additional 6%.  Thanks to our volunteer pharmacists, we have increased pharmacy visits by more than 100%. Finally, we renovated the patient rooms with the help  of local Anthem employees.  We could not have done it without them.
Despite federal health care reform being passed, the health care needs of today's uninsured still weigh heavy.  To continue to offer care and be sure donors know our clinic is still vital to the community, we need operating funds.  We need to continue to pay the few staff who drive our model of care and recruit volunteers.  Also, we always need more volunteer physicians and mid-level practitioners.  To help our practitioners better coordinate care and improve care, we are trying to get electronic medical records.  It will require funds and the right partner to make the transition to electronic records possible.  It is also time for us to upgrade our medical equipment.  We need new blood pressure testing equipment, glucose monitoring equipment and an ECG machine.  For anyone in a position to help our organization with any of these important needs, please contact the director - Dave Baldwin.
In 1983, the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD) began to recognize the research regarding the prevelence of high blood pressure in the young African American male.  The RCHD then approached a group of physicians from the MCV Hospital in Richmond.  They decided to create a separate organization that would have the sole purpose of reaching-out to the community generating awareness about blood pressure control and to treat those without insurance.  The original offices of the Richmond Area High Blood Pressure Center were located on the corner of Broad Street and Lombardy Street.  After 5 years of operations in that location, it was decided to relocate to a larger space at 1200 West Cary Street near Morris Street.  When they first moved the operation, the board decided to lease the upstairs to students.  After one year of having the new building, there were too many patients.  The board ended the leases and began a capital campaign to buy the building and open administration offices upstairs, creating vital patient rooms.  The Center has now been operating for over 26 years quietly serving the uninsured.  In the late 1990s the rising trend in obesity rates and diabetes offered an opportunity for the Center to expand services.  Today, the Center offers care for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and provides a host of free education programs to the community.
CEO Statement The Center for High Blood Pressure operates as a physician supervised and nurse-run medical facility. Through our 11 volunteer physicians and our paid nursing staff, we provide annual physical exams, laboratory testing, ECGs, medication management, patient education and prescribe medications. Our services help prevent more serious complications like heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure and even death. This is a non-invasive metabolic syndrome clinic where patients are seen by a medical provider an average of 5.5 times per year.  We often receive referrals of complicated and challenging cases of hypertension and diabetes.  The combined years of experience and expertise in medicaiton therapies, nephrology, and extensive focus on education our patients are provided make the Center a wonderful medical facility for chronically ill uninsured patients.  The Center staff and volunteers have extensive knowledge of complimentary free or inexpensive services available to patients who may qualify.  This raises the potential for our patients to be successful in thier care plan.  The higher number of visits with our patients allows the nurse team to keep the patient engaged in their care plan.  Any measures we can take to prevent catastrophic events in our patients removes unnecessary cost and personal suffering to the health care system and the patient.  We keep hardworking parents at home working and supporting their families.
Board Chair Statement
Joining the CHBP Board of Directors in 2005, I wanted the opportunity to use my experience as an attorney and health care administrator to help people in our community.  Being a part of an organization that is directly responsible for helping prevent catestrophic health events has given me a perspective of health care that many never see.  The needs are many and the resources to meet those needs usually fall short.  Every year is a struggle, but worth every effort.  Giving back by helping to lead this vital component (the Center) to the health care safety net is more rewarding than I could have imagined before volunteering.  This is an exciting time in health care and it will take strong leadership and a host of comitted volunteers to help guide this organization into the future of health care.  The Center, like other free clinics, emerged to fill unmet needs and gaps in health care.  We already know there will be a need to evolve the organization.  We are always looking for talented volunteers to add to our team.  We are looking forward to the future of health care in our community. - Brent Rawlings
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
New Kent County
Southside Virginia
More than 80% of the patients we serve live in a zip code that is part of Richmond City.  The remaining 20% come from all over the Greater Richmond Area; however, if patients are willing to drive, we will serve those who qualify no matter where they live.
Board Chair
Board Chair Evan Sisson PharmD
Company Affiliation VCU Health System
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Daniel Carl M.D.VCU Medical School/ VCU Health System
Donna DeWitt-McGee Health Management Corporation
Alan Dow M.D.VCU
Todd Gehr M.D.VCU Medical School/VCU Health System
Carol McClendon PharmDHCA Hospital System
Lauren Ramos McGuireWooods, LLC
Brent Rawlings McGuire Woods, LLC
Evan Sisson PharmDVCU School of Pharmacy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Campus Planning and Development
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Frank Brown M.D.Anthem
W Wayne Key Jr., M.D.GE Financial Assurance
Gwen Walker-McCorvey WalkerMcCorvery Realty
Dean C. Williams M.D.
One of the challenges our board faces is recruiting and retaining productive board members.  A small board requires the volunteer members to do several jobs on various committees.  We are always looking for talented professionals who share our passion for touching hearts and saving lives.
Executive Director
Executive Director Melanie Barthlow MPH
Former CEOs
David R Baldwin Mar 2006 - May 2015
Ms. Sue Speese R.N., MHAMar 1994 - Feb 2006
Senior Staff
Pamela Moore-Barr Clinic Coordinator
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 65
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 67
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Virginia Association of Free Clinics2010
Description We provide specialty medical care, medication management and assistance, case management and healthy lifestyle education to more than 18 patients daily through more than 6,500 medical visits annually.
Long Term Success More than 80% of our patients have consistent control of their hypertension.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Operating a free clinic in these economic times has numerous challenges.  In short, we need operating funds, more volunteers, additional community partners, a larger building and more staff.  One way to address these issues is through greater awareness for what we do.  If potential donors and volunteers knew of our work in the community, perhaps we could solve many of our operating shortages.  The Center takes a non-invasive aggessive approach to controlling the diseases we treat.  This is a reproducible model that could be developed in any large city area.  Diseases related to the circulatory system are the most numerous diseases among Americans.  We need to replicate successful models like the Center if we are every going to stem the rising tide of metabolic diseases in the United States.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $285,000.00
Projected Expenses $285,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage (if selected) 0
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$15,200$20,000$47,088
Individual Contributions$29,718$4,945$8,336
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$20,000--
Revenue In-Kind$1,365,136$1,358,666--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,612,910$1,598,411$220,237
Administration Expense$39,476$39,052$29,596
Fundraising Expense$32,539$32,987$28,232
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.000.73
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%11%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$311,392$288,197$133,791
Current Assets$4,914$37,273$15,194
Long-Term Liabilities$206,335$214,807$54,301
Current Liabilities$59,958$32,757$29,899
Total Net Assets$45,099$40,633$49,591
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.081.140.51
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets66%75%41%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We have a plan to improve access and expand capacity to our existing facility. In the Spring of 2013, we plan to build a new lobby, new practitioner work space, handicap-accessible entrance and restroom, add one exam room, add a dedicated pharmacy and make needed repairs.
Goal $224,000.00
Dates Feb 2011 to June 2014
Amount Raised To Date $190,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments
Over the next few years, our organization will have to continue to diversify the donor base and reach more individual partners for funding.  Despite federal health care reform, clinical service demands will increase until 2014.  In order for the organization to maintain a strong fiscal position, we will need new donors.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by Henshaw & Swineford, P.C.
  • Audit prepared by Fiduciary Financial, Ltd.
  • Financial information provided by audit