December 2023 Newsletter

Happy New Year from WV Health Right!

As 2023 comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who played a role in helping us provide quality care to more than 43,500 uninsured and underinsured patients this past year. We’ll be sure to share a more in-depth recap of the year later (keep an eye out!), but, for now, we’re still reflecting on the many highlights from December—2023 went out with a bang!

Our 2023 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was a night to remember.

On December 3rd, staff, volunteers, board members, and dozens of other WV Health Right supporters spilled into the Clay Center for a night that shimmered with easy laughter, exquisite food, and even a few sentimental tears. In addition to celebrating 41 years of healthcare with heart and our dedicated “army” of volunteers, we were delighted to honor Dr. Paul Legg, orthopedic surgeon, as our Volunteer of the Year.

WV Health Right’s “army” of volunteers keeps growing.

From family medicine to dermatology, dentistry to psychiatry, cardiology to orthopedics—and much more—our team of volunteer providers is bigger and stronger than ever before. We’re so grateful for all the ways they care for our community. 

Since 2014, volunteers have increased from 100 to over 600 medical volunteers.

The CommUNITY Wellness Center returns to normal operations post-West Side crisis response.

After residents of the West Side lost access to heat and water back in November, the CommUNITY Wellness Center became a hub for distributing emergency supplies and hot meals for hundreds of West Virginians. It was deeply inspiring to see our community come together to support our neighbors in a time of need. With the immediate crisis resolved, we’re happy to announce that the center has returned to regular hours and programming!

YOU can change the course of the year ahead for a West Virginian who’s unable to afford healthcare.

When Shirley Whittington visited WV Health Right for the first time (almost two decades ago), she was a single mom working two, sometimes three jobs to provide for her family. On top of it all, her arthritis had become so painful that she couldn’t stay standing long enough to put her makeup on before work. She didn’t have health insurance and wasn’t sure where to turn.

“I’ve worried my whole life,” Shirley said. “WV Health Right is the one place I can be confident I don’t have to worry about anything—they’ll take care of me if I need it.”

Learning of the services available to her through WV Health Right, Shirley had one knee replaced, and then, a couple years later, the other. Thanks to the timely care she received—at no cost—Shirley was able to keep her jobs and continue looking after her children. 

For Shirley and the thousands of medically-underserved patients we care for across the state, WV Health Right is a critical support system when, often, they have no one else. 

It’s not too late to include WV Health Right in your 2023 tax deductible giving. Will you donate so that we can continue to offer our neighbors like Shirley healthcare with heart?