Free Clinic and Community Health Center Each Receive Donations

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

Rockingham Memorial Hospital signed a proclamation Thursday, teaming up with Sentara Healthcare, a larger nonprofit health care system in the state.

Together, the groups made a large donation to other health care facilities.

Both the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic and the Harrisonburg Community Health Center received $500,000 each Thursday, which will help them better serve people in the Valley.

Harrisonburg Community Health Center Executive Director Chris Nye says this gift will help them weather the uncertainty of health care reform.

"This partnership, the level of commitment among various groups in this community goes a long way and we will make sure that they have the care they need," says Nye.

Keith Gnagey is the executive director of the Free Clinic.

It serves the under-served, and he says people still need help.

"There are many people for whom the access to health insurance or to the money to pay for health care continues to be a challenge in this community, so we look forward to being a part of that solution," says Gnagey.

RMH President Jim Krauss says individuals who have no where to turn sometimes just go to the emergency room.

So by helping these safety net programs, it'll benefit the hospital as well.

"Having support for the Free Clinic and Community Health Center help us to keep more patients who truly have emergencies in the hospital," says Krauss.

He says it'll help the entire health care system move smoothly.

"I believe this partnership that we're forging stronger relationships on will continue to make health care delivery higher quality and higher access in this community of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County," says Krauss.

The Community Health Center will use its donation to help pay for its new facility.

The Free Clinic plans to update its medical records to a technology-based system, since it currently use paper files. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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