Governor Ralph Northam Visits Wise Co. for Remote Area Medical Clinic
Governor Ralph Northam visited hundreds of families in need on Friday in Wise County, Virginia. He was joined by dozens of doctors, nurses and other health specialists from the University of Virginia.
People lined up for days just to get a spot at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic that offers dental, vision and medical services. On Friday, the governor toured the clinic speaking with families from across the region. He also thanked volunteers and doctors from surrounding hospitals including the University of Virginia Health System.
As a pediatric neurologist, Northam said providing access to healthcare is one of his top priorities.
“As a physician, I know the importance of healthcare and also as we were just talking about as far as our economy as far as bringing businesses to this part of the commonwealth, we want to make sure that individuals have access to healthcare,” said Northam.
Governor Northam also connected with a few of his former patients during his visit, including a little girl who he provided physical therapy for.
The Wise RAM Clinic is being put on by The Health Wagon, which provides care to people in need living in Appalachia. This is the clinic's 20th anniversary and organizers expect to serve their 100,000th patient.
The clinic is free and open to anyone seeking medical care. Organizers say they have had people from neighboring states who drive or fly hundreds of miles to see specialists during the annual event.