Imagine losing your job and your health insurance company coming and taking away your oxygen concentrator when your oxygen to the brain drops below 70 percent and your sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing at least 10 times a night. That’s the situation Smith found herself in.
Piedmont Health has created a new position – chief operating officer – to oversee the organization’s seven community health centers. The first person to hold the post, Misty Drake, started work in late August.
Bill Selvidge wanted to work in a rural area after completing his medical education, so he was glad to accept a position as a family doctor at the Prospect Hill Community Health Center. But when he began work on Sept. 11, 1989, he didn’t expect to stay for more than a couple of years.
On a recent sunny day, Carol Klein took a break from treating patients at the Carrboro Community Health Center and went outside and sat at a picnic table. She was going from one thing she loves, serving as a family physician, to another, being outdoors.
Renea Floyd recently brought her 5-month-old son, Drew, to the Carrboro Community Health Center for a visit with Rosemary Byrnes. “Look at you,” Byrnes said, smiling at Drew. “I can’t believe how much he’s grown.”
Linda Valines’ misfortunes started on Oct. 19, 2010. That’s the day the 52-year-old resident of Burlington, N.C., was in a car accident…