ST MARYS HEALTH WAGON

Providing accessible health care to indigent patients in the mountains of Appalachia

aka The Health Wagon   |   Wise, VA   |  https://www.thehealthwagon.org

Mission

St. Mary's Health Wagon provides compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the mountains of Appalachia.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Dr. Teresa Tyson

Main address

PO Box 7070 5626 Patriot Drive

Wise, VA 24293 USA

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EIN

04-3739083

NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Health Wagon Mission The Health Wagon's mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. Our values are inclusiveness, community outreach, collaboration, spirituality and empowerment. The Health Wagon Story Let us tell you The Health Wagon story. Our average patient is 38 years old. Ninety-eight percent of our patients are uninsured. Seventy percent of them have an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. This means they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Our patients live in desperately poverty-stricken rural Appalachia, where they can't afford to go to the doctor but can't afford not to. The mobility of our health clinic means we are able to fill the gap, whether they are inline at the food bank or at their job, we bring healthcare to them.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Primary health care

The Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. Our values are inclusiveness, community outreach, collaboration, spirituality, and empowerment.

The Health Wagon is a medical home to over 4,500 unduplicated patients. The Health Wagon provides free medical, dental, vision and veterinarian services. The Health Wagon provides both primary and specialty health care to medically underserved patients.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Award for Outstanding Devotion to Community 2004

American Breast Cancer Foundation

Best Practice Award 2004

Virginia Rural Health Association

Virginia Governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Administrator Award 2004

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia Governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Award 2007

Commonwealth of Virginia

Community Service Award 2008

Kid's Central

Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence 2009

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Domestic Humanitarian Award 2012

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Cabot Community Celebrity Award 2014

Cabot Community

Daily Point of Light Award 2014

George H.W. Bush

Connections for Cardiovascular Health 2017

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Inspiring Global Nurse Award 2017

United Nations

Leadership Excellence Award 2017

Virginia Nursing Foundation

Breaking Barriers Award 2019

Mid Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center

Virginia Governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Award 2019

Commonwealth of Virginia

Health Care 2019

Community Transformer Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Primary health care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Patient Encounters Per Year

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Health Wagon serves individuals and families with free, integrated health care that is culturally sensitive. We provide primary and preventive care, dental, behavioral health, telehealth, and specialty care. In addition to our routine services, we provide the region with strategically coordinated outreach efforts. We are most proud of bringing Remote Area Medical - Wise Health Expedition to Wise County in 1999, which is the largest medical outreach of its kind in the nation. The outreach will continue to be held annually but will be executed solely by the Health Wagon as Move Mountains Medical Missions (M7) starting July 2020. Individuals in desperate need of health care line up days in advance to get needed services such as free, eye, dental and medical care. We have valuable partnerships with academic institutions that allow upcoming physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses to a name a few to having valuable educational experiences along with helping individuals in dire need of health care.

The Health Wagon strategies is to align donors with our strategic mission for long standing support of our mission.

The Health Wagon is always trying to expand capabilities. We have been innovative with telemedicine and telehealth opportunities as well as delivering medication by drone.

Progress at the Health Wagon is our never ending pursuit to provide affordable health care to the indigent populations of our service area.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ST MARYS HEALTH WAGON

Board of directors
as of 10/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Joseph Smiddy


Board co-chair

Kermit Anderson

Joseph Smiddy

Pulmonology Associates

Kermit Anderson

Cumberland Development Co. LLC

Valerie Stewart

Retired Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Sonner

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Nancy Lawson

Charles Kiser

Mary White

Binn Counts Community Center

Roger Ramey

Lions Club

Shirley Woodward

Volunteer

Jennifer Hammons

Gordon Scott

Wise Co PSA Asst. Dir. of Project Development

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/12/2019

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