To have a freestanding, financially viable, community supported clinic staffed by employees and volunteers to provide health, dental, and pharmacy services to indigent patients.
To improve healthcare access for low-income, uninsured residents of Carroll, Grayson, or City of Galax demonstrating the value of community collaboration in an accountable healthcare project that utilizes the charitable gifts of a network of voluntary providers.
Baptist Medical Clinic first opened August 3, 1992 and was incorporated June 1993.
Family physician, Ohlen R. Wilson, became convinced that a free clinic would be a worthwhile ministry in the Galax area. Pastor Carroll Golden and the deacons of the First Baptist Church joined him in his quest. The planning committee met for a year, and another year was spent preparing for it.
Who We Are
Medical DirectorDr. Robert Pryor has been an internal medicine physician in Galax since 1989. He is currently employed by Carilion Internal Medicine of Galax and is Medical Director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties. Dr. Pryor and Dr. Ohlen Wilson started the Free Clinic in 1992 as a ministry of First Baptist Church of Galax. Since then, the Free Clinic has become a service of and to the entire Twin County area. Dr. Pryor was born in Texas and attended Baylor University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Duke University Medical Center Residency in Internal Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, has served as president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a deacon at Skyview Missionary Baptist Church in Fancy Gap, VA, works as a consulting Physician Advisor for Twin County Hospital in Galax, and is on the Board of Directors of Twin County Duke Lifepoint Hospital. He and his wife, Susan, have three adult children.
Melissa Deal was born in Virginia. She is a graduate of Carroll County High School and Wytheville Community College holding an Associates Degree in Administrative Support Technology and Health Information Management. Melissa began working at the Free Clinic in 2015 as part of her college program and quickly realized that God wanted her here.
Tracy is a lifelong resident of the Twin Counties who has worked for Twin County Regional Hospital for 25 years. She and her husband Mark have 2 children, one at Virginia Tech and the other at Carroll County High School. She is a member of Blue Ridge Fellowship. Tracy has served on the Free Clinic Board since 2012.
Vice President: Matt Fidler
Secretary & Treasurer: Sheila Keys
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