An agreement between Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences and the Mel Leaman Free Clinic will enhance delivery of health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals in Smyth County and eventually enable the Marion clinic to extend its services to residents of other counties.
Under the agreement, the Free Clinic will move from its current location on East Main Street to renovated space at the School of Health Sciences in Marion. The new location doubles the Clinic’s space for examination rooms, lab space, pharmacy space and offices.
The agreement also gives the Clinic access to faculty members and students at the School of Health Sciences as healthcare volunteers as well as to other facilities, when available, at the School for patient education, rehabilitation and treatment.
“This is a huge step forward for the Mel Leaman Clinic,” said Clinic Director Michael Armbrister. “This agreement helps us to expand services to the many individuals in our area who otherwise cannot afford quality health care and at the same time aligns our services with those of the region’s most reputable institution of higher education in the delivery of science and health science education.”
The agreement provides Emory & Henry students with opportunities to complete clinical rotations, clerkships and internships in the free clinic setting.
“This agreement serves two important functions for E&H students of the health sciences: It enhances the quality of their education and it helps the institution pursue its historic mission of service to our community,” said Dave Haney, vice president for academic affairs at Emory & Henry.
Both parties will seek to find ways to provide expanded services within the region and to collaborate with local hospitals and practitioners, as necessary, to render those services. In doing so, Armbrister said, the Clinic hopes to expand its services beyond Smyth County to residents of Washington and Grayson counties.
The demand for affordable healthcare in this region is tremendous. This arrangement, however, can have an enormous, positive impact on our efforts to meet that demand.Michael ArmbristerMel Leaman Clinic Director