Winter 2018 Newsletter

Second Annual Dentalpalooza a Huge Success!

The Augusta Regional Clinic was excited to host its second annual DENTALPALOOZA on Saturday, October 21th, from 8am to 4pm. After an overwhelming success in 2016, with over 50 patients successfully treated, the clinic decided to make this an annual event. Janice Morgan, Executive Director for the clinic, explained the need. “We have a large number of community members who have been waiting months to be seen, many with painful and potentially harmful dental issues.” Over 70 patients were treated on Saturday, all by volunteer dentists from the community, in a dental marathon held at the clinic’s dental facility.  Twelve dentists came in for two shifts, some with volunteer support staff. Valley Vocational Technical School also sent nine dental assistant students who were volunteering for the day. In addition, Dr. Carolyn Herring, who also serves on the clinic’s Board of Directors, saw patients offsite, performing endodontic surgeries. Other area dentists, who weren’t able to participate, sent in supplies to help make the event a success.  There were seven treatment rooms running constantly, with the dentists doing fillings, extractions, and a variety of other procedures. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a huge success!

ARC Golf Tournament 2017

The 19th annual ARC golf tournament took place on October 5, 2017. It was a beautiful day at the Waynesboro Golf and Country Club, and eighteen teams thoroughly enjoyed battling it out for the prizes.The tournament brought in over $12,000 for the clinic, and the golfers thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much to our participants and sponsors who made it possible. A special thanks to Mick Andersen who helped organize the event!
First Citizens Bank
RAHE, Inc./McDonalds

Dr. Mick Andersen

Blue Ridge Beverage

Augusta Lumber (Ron Artz)
Bankers Insurance
Benny Sorrentino LLC
Blossman Gas, Inc.
City National Bank
Dupont Community Credit Union
Farmers and Merchants Bank
Nancy Whitlock
Dr. Carolyn Herring
Dr. Gil Ayers
Dick Graham
The Henderson Group
Dr. Richard Mansfield
First Bank
First Bank of Strasburg
Shenandoah Spring Water
Paul P. Vames
Frank Summers, Jr.
Dr. Mark Hammock
Sheri Bang
Parker Compound Bows
Buffalo Wild Wings
Golden Corral
Green Leaf Grill
Kline’s Dairy Bar
McAlister’s Deli
Plaza Azteca
Shenandoah Pizza
The Depot Grille
Mill Street Grill
Outback Steakhouse

Staff/Volunteer Spotlight

Carrie Durham

Carrie Durham is someone who can break down walls. Not in the literal sense (though she could probably do that, too), but in the metaphorical sense. At the Augusta Regional Clinic in Fishersville, Virginia, she is the first person people meet when they come in for eligibility screenings. She sits down with future patients – fellow community members who are frequently uncomfortable, embarrassed, sometimes even ashamed – and within minutes, Carrie has made a new friend. Creating comfortable relationships is a gift that she has, and she uses it in the best possible way: to help people.
Growing up with a parent in the Navy meant a lot of moving around for Carrie as a child. Her mom was in the nursing field and was passionate about healthcare, and as they moved, Carrie met a lot of people in a lot of different situations. Being in the military, the idea of lacking health insurance was not one that ever occurred to her. As a teenager, her family settled in the Shenandoah Valley, and Carrie started trying to figure out where her passions were. She worked in an animal hospital, went to college, and finally ended up as a receptionist in the Augusta Regional Clinic on the dental side. She volunteered on the medical side as well, and one day when the eligibility coordinator retired, Carrie decided to apply for the job. “It changed my life,” Carrie said. “I fell in love with patients’ stories.”
Today, six years later, Carrie hold multiple positions for the Augusta Regional Clinic. She serves as Office Manager for both the Medical and Dental Clinic, in addition to being Eligibility and Volunteer Coordinator. She is constantly looking for new ways to bring eligible patients into the clinic, and once they walk through the doors, she does her best to solve their problems. If the Clinic isn’t the best place for them, she makes sure she finds another solution, making calls and filling out paperwork until they have the help they need. “I think I’m good at this because I really like people,” she says laughing, “and I don’t take no for an answer.” That tenacity is invaluable when seeking solutions for the un- and under-insured.
Carrie recently got married and she and her husband bought a house. There have been a lot of renovation projects, but no actual walls to break down. Carrie saves that skill for the Augusta Regional Clinic, where she meets frequently with people who have lost faith in the medical system and sometimes with themselves. Carrie Durham sits down, listens, and creates relationships. However, she doesn’t stop there. She finds solutions, builds relationships, and creates hope, breaking down walls in the best possible sense.