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Mountain Laurel Services

We seek to fulfill our mission by providing direct service through travel assistance for medical appointments, liquid nutrition, pharmacy assistance, Miracle Mouthwash to help with sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy, care coordination, and Radia-Guard Radiation Treatment Lotion. 

We also offer CancerHelp, a database which contains the most up-to-date information about all types of cancer, cancer prevention, cancer screenings, cancer treatments, and cancer research.  

Above all, we are here to listen, to discover your needs, and to help you meet them, whatever they may be. Whether it’s transportation, support, financial assistance, or information, if we don’t offer a service, we’ll search for someone who does.  

Below are the direct services provided by the Mountain Laurel Cancer Center and Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. 

CancerHelp System

The Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center offers CancerHelp, a database which contains the most up-to-date information about all different types of cancer, cancer prevention, cancer screenings, cancer treatments, and cancer research. The CancerHelp program runs on a touch-screen computer that is attached to a printer, so that patients do not need to be computer literate, or able to use a keyboard, to access the database. If you would like, a staff member will be happy to assist you in finding the information you need.  

Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center Library

The Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center has a variety of up-to-date information in the Cancer Resource Library which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. A staff member is available to assist you in finding the information and support services you need. The library is located at Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. at 1501 3rd Avenue East in Big Stone Gap, VA.   

Home Delivered Meals

Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. prepares and delivers meals for those who are 60+, homebound, and who can no longer prepare nutritious, well-balanced meals for themselves. Given the rural, mountainous geography, meals are delivered in a variety of ways. Those living in the most remote areas receive a two weeks supply of frozen dinners and are equipped with the means to heat the dinner themselves if that is needed. Those living in town receive a hot delivered meal five days per week. Call 276.523.4202 to request that a case manager visit your home to learn about your needs. 

Liquid Nutrition

Liquid nutrition is available for delivery from Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. with a physician’s prescription. There is no limit based on age. The Ruben Lovell fund provides for those under the age of 60. Call 276.523.4202 to request that a case manager visit your home to learn about your needs.  

Patient Resource Notebook

The Mountain Laurel Cancer Center offers Patient Resource Notebooks to help those with cancer organize and guide their cancer experience. A staff member will be happy to personalize the notebook to meet your needs and to review its contents. The Mountain Laurel Center also produces a bi-monthly newsletter featuring available resources and upcoming events. To request a Patient Resource Notebook or to be added to the newsletter mailing list, contact the Mountain Laurel Center at 800-252-6362 or locally at 276-523-4202.

Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. Transit

MEOC Transit ("Mountain Empire Transit") provides transportation to people of all ages on a demand response basis with a 24 hour notice required.  They are able to provide service to those with canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and to health and human services agencies wishing to contract with Mountain Empire Transit.  

Fees:  Public transit charges are 75¢ per boarding for persons age 60+ and under 18, $1.50 per boarding for all others. 

Contact Information: Call 276.523.0766 or 888.443.8683 (Remember to give 24 hour notice. More notice is encouraged).

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