The Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic (formerly the Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic) hired me six years ago as its Executive Director. With no clinical experience, but a rich background in the nonprofit world, I was given the task of resurrecting a wonderful but struggling Free Clinic.Within weeks it was apparent that LLFC was clinically sound and supported by the best community volunteers anyone could ever ask for. Lacking were communication strategies, organizational branding, volunteer appreciation, capacity building and networking. Over the past three years, I have, along with over 84 volunteer physicians, nurses, office staff and patient screeners, increased the Free Clinic’s visibility, increased the number of patients served by over 100%, more than tripled patient visits, established the Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles Program and created a network of providers in support of over 8 million-dollars worth of donated services in 2016.
TRFC's growth has also forced an ever expanding cash operating budget. In 2010, the cash operating budget was only $64,000 In 2014, our cash operating budget will surpass $160,000, forcing all of us to expand our outreach, our fundraising efforts and our grant-seeking opportunities.TRFC is one of the few, if not the only, free clinic in Virginia, that does not restrict service based on geographic residence. We serve all Virginia residents who qualify, and our successes have been achieved without the assistance of federal funding.Through your generous support we will continue to provide medical services to those in need, and we will continue to create and implement programs that not only address chronic and acute care, but programs that transform patients to sustained wellness.It has been, and continues to be, a privilege to work for the Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic and more importantly, to serve the wonderful people who seek care.Respectfully,Michael H. Faulkner
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The incredible service that the Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic provides to the Essex County and Northern Neck communities was an important factor that attracted me to the Clinic in the very beginning and it is even more important today.When I first joined the Board, it was the Tappahannock Free Clinic, but due to the enormous service provided to patients residing within the extended communities beyond downtown Tappahannock, the name was changed to the Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic to more appropriately reflect the constituency it served and the founders.LLFC has been progressively transformed over the past few years with enormous growth in outreach, services, committed volunteers and philanthropic support. The small paid staff at the Clinic is in no way reflective of the caliber and quality of service that the Clinic provides to the community. When reviewing the overall service report for the Clinic, it is expected that the quantity and quality of service provided over a twelve-month period is accomplished by a clinic with a well-appropriated government budget and a multifaceted, disciplined staff instead of a clinic with a small, highly-competent paid staff and dedicated volunteers who are committed to the Clinic and the patients it serves, but support its work through fundraising, contributions and small program grants.This transformation is in no way by accident, but through the leadership of a highly-qualified and devoted Executive Director who has moved the Clinic to new heights within the community; branding it; bringing in new supporters; new volunteers; more financial support; more volunteer clinicians; and greater good to the constituents of Essex and Northern Neck communities.Now it is widely anticipated that annually there will be a themed LLFC New Year’s Eve Gala; Summer ‘s First Friday Wine on the Water in Tappahannock culminating with a boat ride in October; and the Bunny Hop for Health in the Spring. All planned and launched to raise funds to support the work of the LLFC. These events are successful not only in bringing in funds to support the Clinic annually, but they continue to raise awareness and create greater visibility of the Clinic, the critical health role it plays, the void it fills and needs it addresses within the community. This is why I, along with the other Board members, serve - to use our resources to support this transformation on the progressive path to more patients, more service and a healthier community.Lisa Andrews, LLFC Board President
The primary care clinic
serves adults eighteen years of age and older who are uninsured. All services are free and confidential. The three most common diagnoses are: Hypertension, Diabetes and COPD.The Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic has
successfully reduced local hospital cost at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
associated with non-urgent ED use and inpatient care, while at the same time establishing
maintenance and wellness plans for each patient.
Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyle /Healthy Heart Program, provides patients with the education and tools they need to transform their lives. Utilizing a daily food calorie and nutrient guide, an exercise log and training in accountability, education and fitness, patients are empowered to better understand their disease process and the negative impact poor diet and lack of exercise have on their overall health.Program participants meet weekly for three months, during which time a structured program of education, emotional support, counseling and an exercise plan are provided. Patients are taught how to eat properly on a budget, including field trips to the local grocery store to compare products and coaching in shopping for good nutrition.Partnerships are established with the regional YMCA, River Fitness, Tappahannock United Methodist Church, Bay Transit, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, Three Rivers Health District, Calorie King, Barbour Printing, Dominion Virginia and local media outlets, as well as certified diabetes education/nutrition classes via video conferencing from UVA’s School of Medicine, Center for Diabetes Education.
The Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic's Women Wellness program successfully provides preventative health-screening services to the region's homeless women, women abused through domestic violence and women at risk of becoming homeless, with the opportunity to receive full wellness checkups consisting of: overall-health examinations, breast exams, cervical exams, PAP testing, mammograms, education and advanced medical services---if required---at no cost.
The Pharmacy Connection, TPC, is a web-based software program created by VHCF that helps provide prescription medications to chronically ill, uninsured individuals throughout Virginia and in selected other states.TPC is more than just computer software — it is an indispensable tool for many free clinics, community health centers, hospitals, medical practices and other social service and community based agencies which rely on it to help their patients.More than 250 classes of medication are included, covering chronic diseases ranging from diabetes to hypertension; clinical depression to asthma. Since its 1997 launch, TPC has generated more than $1.65 billion in free medications for more than 292,000 individuals.TPC works by making it easier and faster for Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic to enroll their patients in brand name pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs.In 2015, Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic provided over $2 million in free medication to their patient population.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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