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VQL, a 501(c)(3) corporation will create a center for residents of the Lower Northern Neck and adjacent Middle Peninsula in Tidewater that is a partnership of the Lower Northern Neck YMCA, the American Red Cross - Lancaster County, the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, and Rappahannock General Hospital. This partnership will allow for a center of health, wellness and recreation for the community.

Lower Northern Neck YMCA

The Northern Neck YMCA is dedicated to to developing character through programs that promote health of body, mind and spirit. The new YMCA building houses a health and wellness center, a studio area for aerobics and dance, two full gymnasiums with courts to accommodate indoor soccer and volleyball, two racquetball courts, an indoor track, a computer lab, a child-watch center and eventually an indoor pool. The YMCA services through all of its programs some 10,000 people annually.

In addition to fitness facilities, the YMCA includes summer programs, child care, and aquatic programs. The aquatic program includes classes for older adults suffering from arthritis and other mobility hindering issues. The teen center with computers and adult supervision and child care center for children up to the age of 12 ensure that our community's youth have activities to inspire creativity and learning in a safe environment. The YMCA also provides scholarships for our community. The YMCA is dedicated to serving the community.

The American Red Cross - Lancaster County

The Lancaster County American Red Cross has been providing services for the community for over 70 years. Over 200 volunteers provide disaster assistance, community blood drives, certified swimming and safety classes as well as services to our service men and women and their families. Lancaster County has received the distinction of taking on the responsibility of the administrative duties of several neighboring county chapters of the Red Cross as well. The facilities provided by the VQL to the Red Cross will enable the Lancaster County chapter to expand its services not only to our county but many of the neighboring communities. This will ensure that the communities can better coordinate to help each other when aid is needed.

Northern Neck Free Health Clinic

The Northern Neck Free Health Clinic provides medical services, patient education, laboratory procedures, radiological procedures, medications, referrals, and dietary and nutritional consultations to the community. This full clinic is supported by donations and grants.

The clinic has grown from a one day a week service to being open five days a week, and two evenings. Through the generosity of over 193 volunteer physicians, nurses, lab techs, pharmacists, board members and administrative workers, the free clinic has been able to provide free health care to members of our community who are uninsured and/or would not be able to afford the medical services provided.

Through the VQL facility, the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic will not only be able to continue to provide free medical services to more members of our community, but will be able to plan to expand their services into dental and counseling services.

Rappahannock General Hospital

Rappahannock General Hospital has gone beyond just providing services of a typical rural hospital. RGH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program includes two outpatient centers and inpatient care. The Kilmarnock Center is relocating to the new VQL facility in our community. This facility will provide rehabilitation and sports medicine services for Kilmarnock and much of the surrounding area.

By having the RGH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Facility on the same grounds as the YMCA, Red Cross and free health clinic, will maximize the effectiveness of the services provided to our community.

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