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Posted on Sep 16, 2021

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VCEDA Closes $170,000 Grant with Tazewell County IDA for Medical Screening Convenience Kit Manufacturing Study

Posted on Jul 16, 2021

TAZEWELL, VA – JULY 16, 2021 — An up to $170,000 grant to the Tazewell County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to be used to finance a medical screening convenience kit manufacturing feasibility study and the build-out of a medical incubator site in Tazewell County was closed Wednesday by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA).

The Tazewell County IDA is partnering with Moein Health, LLC on the project and will utilize the grant for the renovations and furnishings needed at the incubator site; for equipment; medical kit materials for the pilot study project; assembly of the medical kits; and to deploy the medical kits in the region in association with health partners. According to the project application, a key to the success of the project is collaboration with Clinch Valley Medical Center. The project also seeks to provide the test kits it produces through the Health Wagon and Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics.

Moein Health LLC is a California limited liability company founded by Dr. Sudabeh Moein, a practicing OB/GYN and a volunteer professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.  Dr. Susan Meacham has served as a consultant on the project.

Moein Health has developed a patented new screening method for cervical cancer which can be done in one clinic visit. The screening kits are cost-effective, not highly technical and designed for use in mobile units and mission clinics. With a potential market of billions of women, Moein Health sees great potential for the cervical cancer screening kits which could also save many lives by making the screening easier, more available and increase the likelihood of earlier screening, the application to VCEDA noted.

“If the pilot project is successful in the VCEDA region, the hope is that Tazewell County can become the location for mass scale production of the medical screening convenience kits which would lead to significantly more employment,” said VCEDA Executive Director/General Counsel Jonathan Belcher. “We look forward to seeing the results of the feasibility study when it is complete.”

The feasibility study will look at the development and manufacturing possibilities for a cervical cancer medical screening convenience kit to improve health and foster economic diversification through new medical technologies.

“This is exciting news for our region,” said Virginia Delegate Will Morefield. “A healthy community is a strong community and we are making every effort to improve access to healthcare in Southwest Virginia. The development and manufacturing of medical devices used to improve the quality of life for women in Southwest Virginia and around the world will only help our efforts to diversify the economy.”

Virginia Senator Travis Hackworth agreed.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our region,” Hackworth said. “A pilot program such as this is more than just an economic development benefit, it also addresses a serious health concern for our community. I am hopeful for the many women who will benefit from these cervical cancer screening  kits and appreciative of the collaboration between VCEDA, Tazewell County, Clinch Valley Medical Center and Moein Health. Making our community healthy and creating jobs is a wonderful combination.”

According to the application materials presented to VCEDA, in 2018, cervical cancer ranked in the top three cancers affecting women younger than 45 years of age making cervical cancer a global threat to the lives of young women, negatively impacting the world economy.  In Appalachian states, rates of cervical cancer are higher than the U.S. average.

“On behalf of the IDA Board of Tazewell County, we are excited and pleased to support Moein Health and the medical needs of Southwest Virginia as well as the world,” said Kyle Hurt, chairman of the Tazewell County IDA. “We are excited that Moein Health, in collaboration with Clinch Valley Medical Center, is choosing Tazewell County as their location to begin US-FDA trials for the new medical screening convenience kit.”

Hurt continued, “we are confident that the Moein Health team will successfully establish the new cervical cancer procedure and begin the second phase of Moein Health growth within Tazewell County. This patented procedure will be a blessing for women’s health across the USA and indeed the world. With the assistance of VCEDA and the Tazewell County IDA, we expect great things here in Tazewell County from the Moein Health team.”

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Hospital Staff Honored

Posted on Jun 30, 2021

Hospital Staff Honored

Last night I was excited to honor the staff of our hospital for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are so fortunate to have this facility in our community.

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Warner, Kaine announce $500,000 award for Tazewell County adult daycare center project

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Pictured is U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

FALLS MILLS, Va. — U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced the award Wednesday of $500,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a proposed adult daycare center project in Tazewell County.

The funding was awarded to the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc., in partnership with the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, to build a community service and senior facility at the former Falls Mills Elementary School site, the two lawmakers said.

“We are pleased to announce this important investment that will help build a facility to support seniors in Southwest Virginia,” Warner and Kaine said in a joint statement. “This facility will provide care for the elderly in Tazewell and lessen the burden on their families who care for them.”

The community service and senior facility will provide adult day care, serve nutritional meals to meet the needs of seniors, provide assistance with supplemental nutrition assistance program applications, and help with health care enrollment and options counseling.

The new facility will be constructed at the current site of the old Falls Mills Elementary School. If all goes as planned, demolition work on the old elementary school may begin later this year.

The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, a non-profit Virginia corporation serving the four-county area of Tazewell, Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell counties, is overseeing the development of the project.

When completed, the facility is expected to employ four full-time and 14 part-time employees within one year.

Officials are hoping to have the 8,277 square foot structure constructed and ready for occupancy by mid 2018.

The original plan was to convert the old elementary school into the daycare center. But after a feasibility study on the project was completed, it was determined it would be more economically feasible to tear down the old school and build a new facility, according to an earlier report by Northern District Board of Supervisor member Maggie Asbury.

Since its inception in 1965, the ARC has generated over 300,000 jobs and $10 billion for the 25 million Americans living in Appalachia, according to Warner and Kaine.

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Hymes visits Remote Area Medical, Reaffirms support for providing health coverage for 30,000 Southwest Virginians

Posted on Jul 20, 2014

Offers Marketplace Virginia as one possible solution

Mike Hymes, from Tazewell County’s Board of Supervisors, visited Remote Area Medical at the Wise County Fairgrounds this weekend and issued the following statement:

“We are the richest nation on earth and yet for thousands of people, the only health care they will get is provided by volunteers in muddy tents at a county fairground. The sheer number of desperate people I saw huddling against the rain at RAM makes it clear we need to find a way to provide health coverage for the 30,000 uninsured working people in Southwest Virginia.”

“I support Marketplace Virginia, the bipartisan plan that will allow the 30,000 uninsured people in our region access to affordable health coverage. It’s a Virginia way to address this health care crisis without Washington interference. These are working people, and Marketplace Virginia, to which they will also contribute financially, will not only ensure a healthier workforce, but also help our rural hospitals stay open.”

“The volunteers and medical professionals with Remote Area Medical provide an invaluable service to the people of Southwest Virginia. I applaud them for selflessly donating their time to help our families, friends and neighbors get necessary, and in some cases, lifesaving medical care. My son and his wife, a dentist, and members of our church have volunteered at RAM in Buchanan County, and I have seen the positive difference that this program makes in the lives of not only the patients but also the volunteers.”

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