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The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps will provide, when requested, a systematic, coordinated and effective voluntary response to events affecting their local communities.
The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is a cadre of volunteer health care professionals and community members trained to respond and assist with public health crises in the 13 counties and 3 cities that comprise southwestern Virginia. This unit is one of approximately 900 units that are part of the national Medical Reserve Corps network under the direction of the Office of the U. S. Surgeon General and 1 of 27 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In early 2004, the health departments in Cumberland Plateau, Lenowisco and Mount Rogers regions of southwestern Virginia, were awarded funding from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a regional Medical Reserve Corps
The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps recruits for practicing, retired or otherwise employed medical professionals, as well as community members with non-medical skills. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, epidemiologists and paramedics are just a sampling of the medical community that have been tapped for service. Clergy, translators, sign language interpreters, administrative assistants, volunteer coordinators and all other members of our communities are also encouraged to consider becoming a part of our unit.
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