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Virginia Community Healthcare Association Names 2017 Award Winners

The Virginia Community Healthcare Association has announced its annual award winners. The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding and extraordinary work on behalf of and within Virginia’s Community Health Centers. Johnson Health Center received two of the six awards given: The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award and Volunteer of the Year.

The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award

Gary Campbell, CEO | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia

This award recognizes an outstanding staff person of a member organization or of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association who is a non-provider or non-volunteer, for their extraordinary efforts in support of the organization’s overall mission.

Through thoughtful and skilled leadership and genuine caring and concern for patients and staff, Gary worked with his health center’s board and staff to create a common vision for improving the health center. Through his visionary leadership, the health center’s patient population increased 15%. The number of patients seeking care to manage diabetes, starting their pre-natal care in their first trimester, and delivering babies using health center physicians also significantly increased. The dental program at the health center logged a 62% increase in dental patients.

In addition to the patient and financial gains, under Gary’s leadership this organization was designated an “Employer of Choice”, the very first community health center in the nation to receive this prestigious award.
Said Paul Kopack, Director of Human Resources who along with other staff nominated Gary for this award,“Gary Campbell is a very rare individual and leader. He is visionary and sets ambitious goals for both himself and our organization. He is a genuinely caring person and has a great appreciation for both our patients and staff. We are privileged to have such an outstanding individual as our leader.”

Volunteer of the Year

Winnie Schamerhorn | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia

This award recognizes an outstanding board member, unpaid staff member, or an individual other than board or unpaid staff who has served voluntarily to promote community health care.

Before her health center had a pharmacy, the entire Medication Assistance Program (MAP), except for its director was totally manned by volunteers. For sixteen years Ms. Schamerhorn has shown up nearly every week allowing her health center’s MAP program to thrive. Many health center patients would not have been able to receive their medications without her. She has participated in all of the steps of the process from computer ordering and verification to calling the patients to let them know their medications are ready for pick-up. She has made it possible for many thousands of patients to receive their medications on a timely basis. Because of her, the health center’s program has had continuity allowing for the continued consistency and efficiency of the program.

Said Harold Wilson, Pharmacy Director of Johnson Health Center, “Health centers depend upon and greatly appreciate their volunteers. For a volunteer to make a commitment for such a long time is extraordinary. Her commitment and belief that the work being done at Johnson Health Center is important, serves as an inspiration to the staff and patients alike.”

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  • Johnson Health Center - New Doctor

    We are proud to welcome Dr. Brian Freeman to our Bedford location! Dr. Freeman will offer primary care to adults and pediatric patients, Monday through Thursday and is now accepting new patients. Dr. Freeman comes to us with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health from VCU. Dr. Freeman acquired his M.D. from the University of Louisville followed by his residency in Family Medicine in Fairfax, Va. Dr. Freeman states working at a Federally-Qualified Health Center “patients generally have a lot of needs and so working here challenges me to be creative a lot of the times in coming up with interventions that can actually help the patient”.

    Johnson Health Center is an independent, non-profit, Federally-Qualified Health Center. We are dedicated to delivering high quality, affordable, accessible health care to the Bedford community and surrounding areas. We accept all insurances and provide a Reduced Fee for those who are uninsured. When asked why he chose a FQHC, Dr. Freeman states, “The emphasis on the social determinants of health such as food, transportation, housing, culture, are emphasized in the FQHC model unlike any other practice setting; as a person with a master of public health I find that aspect exciting”. Our services include Primary Care, Behavioral Health, OB-GYN and Dental, are all offered at our Bedford location along with medication assistance through our pharmacy. Dr. Freeman states “I know working at a FQHC I can have my patient evaluated by multiple different specialties within the practice”. 

    Finishing residency school in an urban area, Dr. Freeman states he always thought he would practice in a more urban setting-in fact, before coming aboard at Johnson he had two job offers waiting in urban cities, but, he states family is what brought him to Bedford. Dr. Freeman and his wife (from Campbell County) have settled for a more rural country setting. “I recognize I could learn a lot and help a rural population and have a new experience”. Dr. Freeman and his wife are enjoying raising their two daughters here in Bedford County where “I see patients at the store or at a restaurant and I’ve never had that experience, it makes you feel like part of a community” states Freeman.

    We know Dr. Freeman will be an asset in Bedford and is now accepting new patients. Freeman says, “Being a primary care doctor is asking to be the patient’s quarterback or project manager-I think in big pictures terms, so this field definitely suits me”.

    Patients looking to establish health care can call our office Monday through Friday at 540-415-7010 and schedule an appointment. 

  • Virginia Community Healthcare Association Names 2017 Award Winners

    The Virginia Community Healthcare Association has announced its annual award winners. The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding and extraordinary work on behalf of and within Virginia’s Community Health Centers. Johnson Health Center received two of the six awards given: The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award and Volunteer of the Year.

    The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award

    Gary Campbell, CEO | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia

    This award recognizes an outstanding staff person of a member organization or of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association who is a non-provider or non-volunteer, for their extraordinary efforts in support of the organization’s overall mission.

    Through thoughtful and skilled leadership and genuine caring and concern for patients and staff, Gary worked with his health center’s board and staff to create a common vision for improving the health center. Through his visionary leadership, the health center’s patient population increased 15%. The number of patients seeking care to manage diabetes, starting their pre-natal care in their first trimester, and delivering babies using health center physicians also significantly increased. The dental program at the health center logged a 62% increase in dental patients.

    In addition to the patient and financial gains, under Gary’s leadership this organization was designated an “Employer of Choice”, the very first community health center in the nation to receive this prestigious award.
    Said Paul Kopack, Director of Human Resources who along with other staff nominated Gary for this award,“Gary Campbell is a very rare individual and leader. He is visionary and sets ambitious goals for both himself and our organization. He is a genuinely caring person and has a great appreciation for both our patients and staff. We are privileged to have such an outstanding individual as our leader.”

    Volunteer of the Year

    Winnie Schamerhorn | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia

    This award recognizes an outstanding board member, unpaid staff member, or an individual other than board or unpaid staff who has served voluntarily to promote community health care.

    Before her health center had a pharmacy, the entire Medication Assistance Program (MAP), except for its director was totally manned by volunteers. For sixteen years Ms. Schamerhorn has shown up nearly every week allowing her health center’s MAP program to thrive. Many health center patients would not have been able to receive their medications without her. She has participated in all of the steps of the process from computer ordering and verification to calling the patients to let them know their medications are ready for pick-up. She has made it possible for many thousands of patients to receive their medications on a timely basis. Because of her, the health center’s program has had continuity allowing for the continued consistency and efficiency of the program.

    Said Harold Wilson, Pharmacy Director of Johnson Health Center, “Health centers depend upon and greatly appreciate their volunteers. For a volunteer to make a commitment for such a long time is extraordinary. Her commitment and belief that the work being done at Johnson Health Center is important, serves as an inspiration to the staff and patients alike.”

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  • JOHNSON HEALTH CENTER - New Facility: Women and Children’s Health Center of Excellence

    Johnson Health Center’s (JHC) mission “To Improve Access to Health Care for All” has taken another step towards that goal with the purchase of a new facility located at 2402 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg. The new JHC facility was formerly the home of Piedmont Eye Center.

    Johnson Health Center will open the Women and Children’s Health Center of Excellence in early 2017. The site was chosen due to its size, allowing for much needed room for growth and its ease of access for patients from the surrounding communities.

    The facility location is less than 2 miles from the current JHC Pediatric OB/Gyn center on Federal Street and remains on GLTC’s bus line. The much anticipated opening is projected for February 2017 after necessary renovations. JHC plans to relocate most of its pediatric and OB/Gyn services to the new facility. The new facility will allow for coordinated care for women and children; comprehensive women’s services as well as prenatal care with delivery at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

    Services will continue to include: OB/Gyn women’s health services, full pediatrics services including psychological testing, behavioral health care and added dental care for pregnant mothers and children, all under one roof.

    Currently, JHC offers family dentistry in Madison Heights at James River Dental Center and in Bedford at Bedford Community Dental Center and works closely with local public schools to offer dental cleanings on school campuses.

    Johnson Health Center is a non-profit federally qualified health center with 7 locations through-out Amherst, Bedford and Lynchburg. Services include adult and pediatric primary care and immediate care; OB/Gyn services, behavioral health care, dental care and pharmacy services.
    Johnson Health Center accepts all insurances and reduced rates are offered to uninsured and underinsured patients. Patient Engagement Specialists are available to assist with Marketplace Enrollment and Medicaid applications.

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