Yadkin County Assistant Director of Health and Human Services Jessica Wall and Hands of Hope Director Marty Driver were honored at Monday’s meeting of the Yadkin County Commissioners with a special award. Dr. Calvert Jeffers of the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health presented the Robert Ed Strother Partnership Award for their collaboration at the Yadkin County Medical Clinic and Hands of Hope.
The two agencies combined forces to provide services in the community almost one year ago with a new location at 320 West Maple Street in Yadkinville.
“Each year the association recognizes and honors public health advocates who have done outstanding work in promoting high standards and comprehensive health services for the citizens of their community,” Jeffers said.
“We’re really proud of what we have here in Yadkin County with our free clinic and our county clinic working together in the same facility,” said County Chairman Kevin Austin. “It’s working wonderfully. Everybody’s just thrilled to death. I don’t know if this is being done in other counties in the state but we hope it will be a great model for the whole state.”
Wall and Driver expressed their thanks to the board and county leadership.
“We appreciate the support of the board and everything you all have done to allow us to have this opportunity,” Wall said, noting that it had been almost a year since the partnership began.
“We still continue to find new ways to partnership and we hope that that collaboration continues,” she said.
In addition to the shared facility, which first opened in January of this year, the agencies also share in the services of a Nurse Practitioner who sees patients from both agencies.
Hands of Hope Medical Clinic sees patients on a walk-in basis each Tuesday and chronic care patients by appointment only during the day each Tuesday. The Yadkin Medical Clinic offers provider based appointments Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and nurse based appointments Tuesdays and Fridays.
“We are very proud of this partnership that was really created a year ago. The two agencies work well together, sharing a provider and building,” added Yadkin County Manager Lisa Hughes.
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