Pictured from left to right: Jeanette Edwards with Eastern Shore Rural Health, Judy Cocherell, Onancock Rotary Club President Annette Brown, Cape Charles Rotary President Bill Payne, Alan Layman and Andre Elliot.


Virginia’s Rotary District Governor Elect Judy Cocherell visited the Eastern Shore Tuesday morning to present the Onancock, Exmore and Cape Charles Rotary Clubs with the $15,000 check awarded for the Eastville Community Health Center as part of the Rotary District Grant Process.

Each Rotary Club in Virginia is able to apply annually for grant money of up to $5,000 per club for a project that meets certain requirements. Clubs are also allow to pool the money on the same project, up to five clubs. The Onancock, Exmore and Cape Charles Rotary Clubs pool annually to bring the maximum allowed back to the Shore. The clubs rotate between who chooses the year’s project.

This year, Onancock was in charge. Despite many worthwhile applications, the Club ultimately felt the project that would have the best and most lasting impact was the Eastville Community Health Center. Replacing the Bayview Center and taking over the medical portion of Franktown, the Eastville Community Health Center will be a brand new, state of the art facility that will serve Northampton County. The new facility will have more than 24,000 square feet compared to the 13,700 square feet that the current Bayview and Franktown have combined. By consolidating the two centers we will be able to offer a state-of-the-art facility that will provide potential expanded hours to include 10-hour days and Saturday hours, digital x-ray, expanded lab services and hours, potential telemedicine and additional providers and staff. Digital x-ray is currently not at either facility. Additionally, the current Franktown has dental services, but Bayview does not, so the new center will allow residents in the southern part of Northampton County increased access to dental care. The total cost of the new center is an estimated $11.7 million. The new center is anticipated to open in early 2020.

Thanks to a grant from the Cabell Foundation, the Rotary Grant will be matched dollar for dollar.

Below is a video of the construction progress being made on the new center: