Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (BRTA) is a non-profit organization working to connect healthcare providers, patients, educators, and consumers and their families to a comprehensive continuum of care using telehealth technology.
BRTA partners with Riverside Health System, Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Service Board, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, HCA Virginia, Bay Aging, Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board, Inc., Eastern Virginia Medical School, Rappahannock Community College, Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic, Central Virginia Health Services and the Riverside Center for Excellence for Aging and Lifelong Health.
The overarching mission of BRTA is to increase the health and well-being of the medically underserved communities in rural northeastern Virginia by expanding access and reducing health disparities through implementing an open Telehealth system. BRTA was created several years ago as a rural health network. The BRTA office is located in Tappahannock, VA, and serves the residents of three regions which are known as the “Northern Neck”, “Middle Peninsula”, and “Eastern Shore”. These three regions encompass over 3,168 square miles, with an average population of under 100 persons per square mile, and are home to a sparse and geographically dispersed, predominantly lower income, older, and medically underserved population.
The Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance serves a 12-county area with a diverse, largely rural population.
• The geographic components of the area are the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula, west to Richmond and outreach to the Eastern Shore.
• The counties in the Northern Neck are Lancaster, Richmond, Northumberland, and Westmoreland.
• The counties in the Middle Peninsula are Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Essex, Mathews, and Middlesex.
• The counties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia are Accomack and Northampton.
• The region is characterized by closely knit communities, surrounded by waterways that border the Chesapeake Bay.