Low-cost Chesapeake clinic expanding to provide more medical, dental care


(LAURA) A HEALTHCARE CLINIC IN CHESAPEAKE IS OPENING ITS DOORS TO MORE PEOPLE. THEY ARE OFFERING DENTAL AND MEDICAL CARE AT REDUCED COSTS FOR THOSE WITHOUT INSURANCE. (STEPHANIE) CLINICIANS CAN SERVE MORE PEOPLE BY INCREASING INCOME CAPS – AND OPENING UP TO ALL HAMPTON ROADS RESIDENTS. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S CHRIS HORNE HAS MORE ON THE CHANGES, CHRIS. (CHRIS) THE CHESAPEAKE CARE CLINIC HAS BEEN AROUND MORE THAN 25 YEARS – BUT MANY PEOPLE AREN’T AWARE OF IT, OR THAT THEY COULD BENEFIT FROM IT. (CHRIS) THE FIRST HOOP TO JUMP THROUGH AT THE CHESAPEAKE CARE CLINIC – YOU CAN’T HAVE ANY HEALTH COVERAGE WHATSOEVER. FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING MARGINALIZED IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, IT’S A SHOT IN THE ARM. — WITHOUT THEM I REALLY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO LIVE CHARISSE JOHNSON HAS DIABETES AND A THYROID CONDITION, AND SHE’S RECEIVED TREATMENT FROM CHESAPEAKE CARE CLINIC FOR 15 YEARS. NOW THE CLINIC IS EXPANDING TO TREAT MANY MORE PATIENTS LIKE CHARISSE. MARYELLEN REMICH / CHESAPEAKE CARE CLINIC — THERE’S JUST SO MANY PEOPLE WHO CANNOT GET MEDICAL INSURANCE THANKS TO THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID, CHESAPEAKE CARE IS NOW ACCEPTING PATIENTS AT THREE TIMES THE POVERTY LEVEL RATHER THAN DOUBLE. AND PATIENTS CAN NOW LIVE ANYWHERE IN VIRGINIA, NOT JUST CHESAPEAKE. DR. NICK ILCHYSHYN IS ONE OF MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED VOLUNTEER PROVIDERS AT CHESAPEAKE CARE. HE’S ALSO HELPING TO TRAIN THE DOCTORS OF TOMORROW, INCLUDING THESE STUDENTS AT EVMS. HE SAYS PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE WILL HELP TO AVERT ABCESSES AND INFECTIONS THAT CAN LEAD TO DIRE, EVEN DEADLY COMPLICATIONS. DR. NICHOLAS ILCHYSHYN / VOLUNTEER DENTAL PROVIDER — THE PRESENCE OF THIS CLINIC HERE BASICALLY HELPS PREVENT PEOPLE FROM ENDING UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM DR. BEAUMONT HODGE PRACTICED INTERNAL MEDICINE FOR 50 YEARS. NOW HE HELPS AN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITY. DR. BEAUMONT HODGE / VOLUNTEER MEDICAL PROVIDER — IT’S VERY NICE, IT’S VERY REWARDING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE REALLY DON’T HAVE A GOOD PLACE TO GO. MARYELLEN REMICH / CHESAPEAKE CARE CLINIC — OUR MISSION IS IF WE CAN RAISE THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY, WE RAISE THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE DENTAL VISITS COST 30 DOLLARS, MEDICAL VISITS, JUST 10 DOLLARS. BUT THE BIG SAVINGS FOR CHARISSE JOHNSON ARE AT THE PHARMACY COUNTER. CHARISSE JOHNSON / PATIENT — FOR A MONTH’S SUPPLY OF INSULIN, I’M PAYING ABOUT FIVE DOLLARS INSTEAD OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS, SO THAT’S REALLY HELPFUL AND IT HELPS ME TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE REALLY HELPFUL AND IT HELPS ME TO HAVE A GOOD PARTNERSHIP WITH CHESAPEAKE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS VITAL TO ITS MISSION. THE HOSPITAL PROVIDES FREE LABS, X-RAYS AND PATIENT ADMISSIONS. YOU CAN CHECK WHETHER YOU QUALIFY FOR THE CHESAPEAKE CARE CLINIC AT WAVY DOT COM. CHRIS HORNE 10 ON YOUR SIDE

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