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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.

Clinic Volunteer Needs


Clinic Volunteer NeedsFor each dollar saved or donated, the Clinic can provide over $6 worth of services to our patients.  We can accomplish a lot with money not spent when a volunteer can provide a paid service.

Change is inevitable — yet some things seem never to change.  Clearly, there has been an enormous amount of change in the Clinic over the past few years.  Meeting the health care needs of the uninsured  in Franklin County requires that we grow with the need; however, what doesn’t change?  Resources are always slim and we continue to depend on volunteers to help us save our resources for things that only hard cash provides:  Rent, medical supplies, insurance, phone and postage expenses, etc.  That is why the Clinic seeks as many volunteers and donated services possible.  For every hour donated, dollars are saved that will provide more health care for the uninsured. 

The Clinic offers opportunities for those in the community to volunteer when they are able.  It may be once a week, once a month, or a few times a year.  Every hour of volunteered time helps spare the dollars that would have to be spent otherwise.   Below are listed some volunteer opportunities.  Please review them and give them some thought.  Not everyone can donate money.  Volunteered time can be an equal blessing.  Share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors.  Perhaps someone is just waiting on the opportunity to help via clinic volunteerism.

Volunteers can work a few hours a week or a month as their schedule allows.  The following are people needed:

Professional Volunteers:  Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Assistants, Physicians, Dentists, Dental Assistants, Mid-level Providers (Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner) to provide occasional clinical services.

Administrative Volunteers to help register patients, file, and help with administrative tasks.

A licensed, clinical psychologist or social worker who can donate 2 hours/month for 1:1 counseling.  Hours can be flexible during the day or early evening.

An attorney to provide legal guidance as needed. 

Event Volunteers:  Helpers for fundraising events may help with set-up and clean-up, register participants, hand out programs, keep the area clean, and provide a variety of on-the-spot needs.