Local Agency in Danger

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

The face of America is changing and Valley services are trying to help make the transition easier. But, that may soon be hard to do.

Executive Director Chris Nye explains, "The economy being in the shape that it is, it's going to be awfully difficult for us to sustain programs we have currently." 'Think you guys will be able to survive?' "That's in doubt."

The Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center provides medical interpreters people like Maria Hernandez depend on.

"With the help of an interpreter I can understand what a doctor says and how I'm going to take the medicine," Maria Hernandez says with the help of an interpreter.

Chany Versteylen has been working with the Education Center for years, she says the service provides a vital tool the community can't do without.

"You are able to treat patients better and faster, and in that way the doctors can treat more efficiently and move onto other patients, to take other patients," says interpreter Chany Versteylen.

In the meantime, patients like Maria Hernandez will take advantage of the services while their available, but it remains to be seen how long that will be.


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