We’ve completed this article with more notes, observations and commentary. We’ve also added lots of bonus photos.
We’re here at Piedmont Access to Health Services on Main St. in Danville. Senator Bill Stanley will be here. Hit refresh for the latest photos and happenings.
We’re in the waiting room, waiting for Bill Stanley.
PATHS has been around since 2001. They average 60 to 75 patients per day. 2 pediatricians and 2 family nurse practitioners in the Danville office. They also provide dental health services, mental health services and a pharmacy.
PATHS has other locations in Martinsville, Chatham and Boydton. I asked about the gap of Halifax County, and COO Billy Crumpton said that Halifax County’s hospital is already covering that area.
Bill Stanley arrives and we’re underway.
National Health Center Week is coming up, each PATHS office is doing a community project to help a patient with a significant need. Sadly, the patient that they had selected for the Boydton office died before they could get him an electric wheelchair. they will still do something special for one of their Boydton patients.
Kay Crane tells how much Medicaid expansion will help.
Bill Stanley is here now. Says expansion is dead on the House and will never pass, but he wants ideas for something that close the coverage gap.
Bill Stanley says Medicaid expansion was played as a political football between the governor and the legislature. He also said he didn’t like the way it happened.
We are hearing from a nurse practitioner on some horror stories of her patients.
I’m shocked to know that any PATHS patients who need specialist care are usually sent to the UVA medical center because most specialists in the area refuse to see patients with no insurance or Medicaid.
These types of community heath care clinics like PATHS serve over 300k Virginians each year.
Stanley says that he will propose different bills in the special session including ability to buy insurance over state lines and for different companies to pool together into a business exchange for lower health rates. Stanley will go back to his office and draft this proposed legislation so that it’s ready for the General Assembly’s special session.
OK, we’re done here. Let”s do a Big Board of thoughts and observations.
- PATHS is an amazing organization. I didn’t know about them and really thought it was just for low income people with no insurance. Not the case. They’re a fully functional full service medical clinic and handle primary care.
- The secret to PATHS’ success is clearly their people. You could easily pick up on their desire to provide the best care possible no matter what. I was solidly impressed with the administration, providers, staff and board members.
- I was equally impressed with Bill Stanley tonight. As partisan as this last General Assembly session was, he plainly called the process out for being too political and that “he didn’t like it”. He also seemed on a mission to get something done about the health care problem. Let’s see if those characteristics are shown at the special session. If so, Bill Stanley “Gets It”
- I also heart Bill Stanley for being brutally honest. He came right out and said “Medicaid Expansion will not pass the House (of Delegates). You can forget about that.” It’s not what PATHS wanted to hear but he is right and totally honest about it. Stanley also countered his honest statement by saying that he needed ideas to propose to find a solution agreeable to all.
- Bill Stanley needs to make more appearances in Danville. I’ve always thought of him as a great person and senator and he’s doing a great job in representing this district.
- Kay Crane (CEO of PATHS) is equally impressive. She isn’t afraid to tell her and her organization’s viewpoint and she does it in a strong manner. When she said that they have patients who are dying because of the health care issue, it hit home to everybody. When she told the story of the Boydton patient dying before they could provide him the electric wheelchair, my heart sank.
- The COO of PATHS, Billy Crumpton, is a walking fact machine. Combine him with Kay Crane and they immediately answered all of my questions.
All righty, we’ve got photos and commentary of what happened on Monday night. We’ll finish this article up with some bonus photos.