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September News Release - Annual Visual Clinic Applications

NEWS RELEASE  -  September 21, 2016  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes, Laughlin Health Care Foundation .. 787.5117

Plans are being made for the Annual Visual Clinic for those individuals in our community who need this extra health-care support.  Funding for the clinic is through the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award. 

Photo:  Seated, left to right: Betty Weemes, director of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation; Nikki Niswonger, benefactor, and Greene County Health Department employees, Carmelia Alexander, RN, Nursing Supervisor and Laura Freshour, RN, Assistant Nursing Supervisor. Standing: left to right: Jackie Neas RN, Visual Clinic volunteer; Dr. Shelly Shaw and Dr. Brad Emde, East View Eye Care, 2016-2017 chairpersons of the organizing members of the local eye physicians.  The Scott M. Niswonger Family is the benefactor of the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award. 

Applications will be taken for the Annual Visual Clinic Tuesday, October 11, 8:00 a.m., to 11:00 a.m., in Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s main lobby at 1420 Tusculum Blvd.  Applications will be available at Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s main lobby from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the Greene County Health Department, 810 West Church Street, 8:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m. Applications will be available for the Annual Visual Clinic, immediately and until Monday, October 10.

Those desiring visual services must return the completed application and bring qualifying information to Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s front lobby on Tuesday October 11, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., to be considered for free visual care.

Qualifying information is as follows:

Priority for vision care will be given to those individuals who have not had an eye examination or received glasses within the last five or more years, although others in need should apply.  The next priority group will be within a four-year range, and, then, three years, until all available appointments are filled.

To receive vision care, individuals must provide verification of income by bringing the following items to Laughlin Memorial Hospital on October 11, along with their application: a 2015 W2 form, copy of the last check stub (work, social security, disability, veterans benefit, food stamps, SSI, or other income sources), or if no income, applicant must bring a written statement from the person who provides housing and food, stating their support.

The program is available to those who qualify and meet guidelines established by the local committee and the State of Tennessee income guidelines for healthcare services.

This visual clinic is made possible by the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award, a fund within the Laughlin Health Care Foundation, created by the Scott M. Niswonger Family.  The program is in partnership with local eye physicians, the Greene County Health Department, Remote Area Medical, and a host of community volunteers.

Drs. Brad Emde and Shelly Shaw, East View Eye Care, as co-chairs of the visual clinic, will be contacting eye physicians in our community to invite them to participate in the clinic. 

For additional information about the clinic, call Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 787.5117.