New services available at Shenandoah Free Clinic

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic in Woodstock has more new offering due to recent grants, according to clinic Executive Director Pam Murphy.

“We have a whole lot of new services that are going on here or expansion of services,” she said.

Open enrollment just started at healthcare.gov and the clinic received a short-term grant this year to help people register for insurance. Enrollment ends Jan. 31.

The clinic has three workers, called in-person assisters, covering Frederick, Clarke, Page, Warren and Shenandoah counties, “trying to help people who are trying to figure this out,” Murphy said.

The clinic also received a grant from the Virginia Healthcare Foundation to help expand hours and services provided by the clinic, she said. The clinic is now open four days a week, as well as Thursday nights.

Another Virginia Healthcare Foundation grant allows the clinic to help people with access to medications.

“There are people who either have insurance or Medicare where they are having a difficult time affording all of their medicines,” Murphy said.

The clinic doesn’t have a pharmacy on site, but it does help process about $3 million in medicine a year, she said.

“It’s probably one of our most popular services, simply because medications are so expensive,” she added.

Doctors who want to work with the clinic can send patients there for help with medications.

“We’re anticipating being able to help an additional 200 people beyond what we are already serving in our clinic to get these medicines,” Murphy said.

The clinic also received a grant from United Way and a Rural Health grant. These grants help the clinic expand psychiatric services through mental health counseling.

“Shenandoah and Page counties are both considered by federal and state governments to be professional shortage areas for mental health,” she said, meaning, “there aren’t enough mental health providers for the population that is here.”

The clinic currently offers three days of mental health service to the community, with hopes to expand.

“We are set up to typically help those who are below 200 percent of the poverty level with our clinical services, but we’ll help anybody with insurance because that’s grant funded,” she said.

Services provided by the clinic include medical, dental and behavioral health services.

“We’re kind of a one-stop shop,” Murphy added.

For more information, visit the clinic at 124 Valley Vista Dr., or call 540-459-1700.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com