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Dr. Teresa McConaughy with Riverside's new House Calls program checks on the health of her patient, Jerry Warnozk, while he relaxes in his favorite chair. Doctors making house calls to senior patients is seen as a new way to save on health care costs and relieve the stress of seniors having to go to the doctor's office for an exam.

 

House calls back in style

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Doctors making house calls — a new twist on an old practice — as well as managed care, are two health care innovations supporting a trend toward keeping older people in their homes longer.

Riverside’s recent decision to eliminate its 50 Medicaid beds at its nursing home facility in Smithfield has left many in the community wondering what other options are available for low-income residents.

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'I've been to this dance before'

By Diana McFarland

News editor

SURRY — Pete Greene wasn’t happy to be attending the Virginia Department of Transportation town hall meeting Thursday about the Route 460 project.

Ten years ago, he attended similar meetings, after learning the new highway would cut through his Mill Creek neighborhood west of Windsor.

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