Having emergency care a short drive away is something many of us take for granted.
In rural Virginia it's a different story.
That's the case for people in the small towns of Gretna and Chatham in Northern Pittsylvania County.
Friday hundreds came out to tell the Virginia Department of Health there is a need for a medical center in their hometown."I ask that you place this scanner where it is assessable to this community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 265 days a year because we all deserve a chance to beat the odds," said one speaker.
It's a meeting with one simple question: does Northern Pittsylvania County need a CT scanner and another medical center?
Supporters answered the question with numbers.
More than 500 people listened to proposals from Centra Health, based in Lynchburg and Danville Regional Medical Center.
"I have never seen a turn out like this in Pittsylvania County. And people were very enthusiastic. Especially for Centra Health," said George Stanhope, a Pittsylvania County resident.
Centra's plan calls for a new $25 million medical center in Gretna.
It includes a powerful 64-slice CT scanner, on-site ambulance service, and a 24 hour emergency department.
Danville Regional Medical Center's proposal is an addition to its current medical center in Chatham.
It includes a 16-slice CT scanner, x-ray and ultrasound technology and renovations but no around the clock ER.
"Yeah, the need is definitely here," Stanhope said.
It's a very political process.
Representatives at the meeting Friday will take the comments to the Virginia Commissioner of Health.
She will decide if there is a need for more health care, then pick one or both proposals.