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Hoke County's first health center to open soon

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Monday, August 26, 2013
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Hoke County's first health center to open soon
Alicia Banks
Fayetteville Observer
August 24, 2013
http://fayobserver.com/articles/2013/08/23/1277659

Raeford, N.C. - A health care community center will open in Hoke County soon, a first for county residents.

The Robeson Health Care Corp. Hoke County Community Health Center is scheduled to open Sept. 3 on Teal Drive in Raeford. The facility aims to improve primary and preventative health care services in the county, according to a release from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Maynor said RHCC Hoke County Community Health Center operates similar to a doctor's office and will offer a range of care for all ages, including substance abuse and mental health counseling alongside preventative and acute care. Patients seeking help for chronic issues, such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension, can visit the center. Maynor said the health center can be the first place patients visit for care instead of the emergency room.

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The state-funded Medical Access Plan (MAP) grant partly supports the center, covering medical costs for uninsured and poor patients. Anyone who qualifies for MAP coverage pays $25 for a doctor's visit to the facility. MAP supports other clinics under the RHCC umbrella in Robeson, Columbus and Montgomery counties.

The federal government designated Hoke County as a county with too few primary care providers. The federal government considers 78 other counties in the state as Health Professional Shortage Areas where primary medical care, dental or mental health providers are scarce, according to the release.

The release said North Carolina is home to 19 other rural health center locations in the state.

"We are partnering with underserved communities across the state to explore and develop innovative solutions that can increase access and quality of health care," Aldona Wos, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said in the release. "Our work includes not only providing funding, but also recruiting health providers to meet unmet needs in local communities."

 

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