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Our Focus

Bernard Healthcare Center provides quality primary health care with a sliding scale payment system. No insurance required!

Our Mission

To provide quality primary medical care for uninsured working adults in Franklin County.

Our Hours 

8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

How to Reach Us

FAX: 540-489-7502
1171 Franklin Street
(Schewel’s Plaza)
Rocky Mount, VA
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Our Vision

Our vision is to create a healthier community by improving our patients’ health through excellence in meeting their primary health care needs, disease prevention, and wellness promotion in the community.

About the Free Clinic of Franklin County

Jeanne Bernard
Jeanne Bernard

The Free Clinic of Franklin County, Inc. is a private501(c)(3), independent, non-profit organization governed by a community Board of Directors. Bernard Healthcare Center is a division of FCFC.

A County steering committee, led by Jeanne Bernard, completed a needs assessment which recognized the need and, with the help of many concerned citizens, the clinic opened with a one (Monday) evening clinic/week on November 12, 1992.  The clinic was staffed solely by volunteers.  Quickly the clinic realized the need for chronic care was great and began a diabetes program which has grown over the years.  As years progressed, the clinic grew and needed ever increasing resources, man-power, and space.


Clinic Milestones

November 12, 1992 First Monday evening “walk-in” clinic in one room of the STEP building.
December 1992 Carilion provided a part-time nurse manager, who became full time in November 1993
March 1993  First clinic employee (part-time) Executive Director
January 1994 Diabetes Management Program began
July 1994  Pharmacy licensed
May 1998 Day-time clinic opened and was staffed by a nurse practitioner
September 2000 Began scheduling a Women’s Health Screening Clinic and Family Practice Physician with weekday clinics.
April  2004 Moved to larger renovated space in the STEP Building
March 2005  Began limited Mental Health Services with a psychologist seeing patents at the Clinic.  We also began the Hospital Discharge Medication Assistance program.
December 2008  Hired a Development Director
October 2009 The Clinic achieved VAFC accreditation
June 2010 Moved to new location at 490 South Main Street which allows additional space for clinics.
December 2010 Virginia HealthCare Foundation awarded a grant for the Clinic to hire a full-time, mid-level provider.  A waiver was granted by the Board of Medicine to allow a PA to work independently at the Free Clinic; and a PA was hired in February 2011.
July 2011 The Clinic partnered with the Franklin County Health Department.  Dental Services (extractions only) were initiated with a volunteer dentist one day a month.
March 2012 Initiated health care services for the Franklin County Jail.
October 2013 Began construction on a new facility at Shewel's Plaza with funds donated by Guy and Betty Beatty.
April 2014 Moved to new building at 1171 Franklin Street on Route 40 at Schewel’s Plaza