Pastors to lead public 'Vigil for Healthcare' this Saturday
Pastors from Mitchell and Yancey counties will lead a Vigil for Healthcare at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.
The candlelight vigil will mark the closing of labor and delivery services at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, which happens on that day.
The pastors participating in leading this vigil include Jeremy Troxler, of Spruce Pine Methodist Church, Travis Wynkoop, of Griffith Chapel, Tommy James, of First Baptist, Burnsville, and Michael Lamm.
All who are concerned about the reduced availability of surgery and the closing of labor and delivery at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital are urged to attend this candlelight vigil. Attendees will gather at the amphitheater to reflect on concerns as people of faith.
The Vigil for Healthcare is co-sponsored by the Yancey-Mitchell branch of the NAACP and Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, or SEARCH, a recently formed organization of concerned citizens that seeks to “empower greater involvement in decisions affecting the healthcare of our residents” and “to preserve, strengthen and expand access to essential medical services in our area.”
The Yancey-Mitchell NAACP’s mission “is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons.”