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
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.
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.
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 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.
Empire Older Citizens, Inc. 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.
Public transit charges are 75¢ per boarding for persons age 60+ and under 18,
$1.50 per boarding for all others.
Call 276.523.0766 or 888.443.8683
give 24 hour notice. More notice is encouraged).