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The Fralin Free Clinic for the Homeless
is a ministry of the Rescue Mission,
and is the only Free Clinic in Virginia
located on-site at a comprehensive
Homeless services provider. Under
Dr. Pasley's leadership, over 10,000
different patients have received care
in the last 10 years. These patients
not only receive care while receiving
services in emergency shelters; a plan
is established to transition care to
other providers as patients move from
homelessness to stable employment
and sustainable housing. Thanks to
Dr. Pasley, men and women in crisis
are provided urgently needed medical
care. As a result, they have hope and
healing, empowering them to move into
stability."

Douglas Pierce, MD
CHILD HEALTH INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (CHIP)
Nominated for Innovator by Anonymous
"Dr. Doug Pierce is the founder of Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP)
of Roanoke Valley, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. He was a
physician himself for 28 years, but started this nonprofit program to connect
underprivileged children in the Roanoke Valley with doctors, when they might not
have access or knowledge on their own of how to do so.
Dr. Pierce was inspired to do this, because he faced challenges to access care
himself, as a young boy raised in a rural area. Dr. Pierce continues to serve on the
Board of Directors for CHIP today, participates in events with the enrolled families
and continues to bring awareness to the issues that so many underprivileged
families in our area face. He remains
kind and giving, and others feel a true
compassion from him as he sits patiently
and presently, making eye contact and
really listening to what is said to him. Dr.
Pierce has provided care to hundreds of
individuals in the area, many of whom
are adults and have kids themselves.
He is happy to respond to any question
or problem that he can and, if he doesn't
have the answer, will seek out support and
connection from others.
Dr. Pierce has maintained a sense of
humor as well, and loves to make others laugh. This is sometimes the best
medicine. He is a true hero to so many individual people and to the community
as a whole, for providing direct care and beginning CHIP's existence."

Barton Thomas, MD
ROANOKE PLASTIC SURGERY
Nominated for Reconstructive Surgeon by Suzanne Lothes
"Being a young mom of two small children and a wife, I was scared to death
after being diagnosed with breast cancer. After months of processing the
information provided to me by my doctors and nurses, I had made up my mind.
I wanted a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. This was a huge
decision and I was eager to meet and discuss with Dr. Thomas.
Dr. Thomas and his staff are AMAZING! I felt comfortable and
supportive from day one. Dr. Thomas is a brilliant man and knew
everything about my diagnosis without even looking at his notes.
He also attends the tumor conferences with area oncologists and
radiologists, so he is knowledgeable about his patients and can
provide the best care to his patients. He and his nurse Dottie are
smooth operators. They put me at ease and know exactly what needs
to be done. I feel like family when I am in Dr. Thomas' office. Before my
surgery, he came in to visit me and walk me through what would occur
during the operation. He was in my hospital room after my surgery to
check on me and followed up the morning after before being discharged.
Dr. Thomas truly cares about his patients and I would recommend him
to anyone. During my cancer journey, making the decision to have a double
mastectomy was very emotional, but Dr. Thomas was supportive, understanding
and willing to answer any questions. I would love to nominate Dr. Thomas as
my hero!"

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