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September News Release - Annual Visual Clinic Applications


NEWS RELEASE  -  September 12, 2017  -  CONTACT:  Betty S. Weemes, Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 787.5117

Applications Now Available For 2017 Visual Clinic



Photo:  Shown above, clockwise from the left:  Dr. Brad Emde and Dr. Shelly Shaw, of Eastview Eye Care, are the co-chairs of the Visual Clinic at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.  Carmeila Alexander, Greene County Health Department Nursing Supervisor, and Dani Stipes, Greene County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Assistant, both will be helping with receiving visual applications on October 5 as well as assisting with the clinic.  Nikki Niswonger, wife of Scott M. Niswonger, whose family serves as the benefactors of the Visual Clinic program.  Betty Weemes (seated right), is the Executive Director of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation.

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. 

Completed applications will be received for the Annual Visual Clinic on Thursday, October 5, 8:00 a.m., to 11:00 a.m., in Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s main lobby at 1420 Tusculum Blvd.  Applications for pick-up are available at Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s main lobby from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and at the Greene County Health Department, 810 West Church Street, 8:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m.  The applications are available for pick-up through Wednesday, October 4.  Glasses are free for those who qualify.

Those desiring visual services must return the completed application and bring qualifying information to Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s front lobby on Thursday, October 5, 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 5, along with their application: a 2016 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, and supported by the Scott M. Niswonger Family.  The program is in partnership with local eye physicians and opticians, 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 or Greene County Health Department, 798-1749.