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A busy time for Moss Free Clinic; accident victim dies

Two updates, today. One is about the Moss Free Clinic, and the other concerns an incident earlier this month at Mary Washington Healthcare’s Home Health and Hospice office:

Moss Clinic is located on the campus of Mary Washington Hospital.

In her latest letter to supporters, Karen Dulaney, executive director at the Moss Free Clinic, describes what she says is a frequent scene at the clinic’s front desk:

“Every month, 83 new people enter our building. These people are not simply requesting checkups or flu shots.  These are folks who have lost their jobs, and with their jobs, also have lost their health insurance.” 

Dulaney said it’s an unprecedented time, with the clinic treating more newly unemployed people than ever before. Last year was the busiest in its history.

“People delay coming in, thinking that their health condition will improve or resolve itself,” she said.  “They are embarrassed to take charity.  When they finally walk through our doors, they’re often feeling discouraged and hopeless.”

(The clinic’s web site is here. Go to the News & Events section to subscribe to Dulaney’s quarterly letter. For more on the clinic, look for Dr. Patrick Neustatter’s column this Sunday in the Health Living section of the newspaper.)

A worker took this picture during the rescue of William Jackson.

A memorial service for William Jackson will be held tomorrow. Jackson died last Saturday in a Richmond hospital. It had been a little more than two weeks since his collapse outside the  Home Health and Hospice office in Massaponax.

Jackson, 71, was driving a flower delivery van when he lost consciousness. Workers in the home health office rushed outside to help him.

Jackson is survived by his wife of 39 years, Edna Jackson, and four children. The memorial service will be at Warner Baptist Church in Bailey’s Crossroads.

(Jackson’s obituary appears today in the newspaper and can be seen here. An earlier post about his collapse can be seen here.)


  • derarzt

    The article suggests that charities are meeting the needs of the uninsured, or that the uninsured have a large number of options. Please clarify this with Dr. Neustatter, Dr. Powell at the Christian clinic, & the staff at the community health center to see if this is indeed the case. 50.7 million nationwide uninsured seems a large number to expect charities to handle.