As part of its “for all” mission, Atrium Health is committed to not only caring for patients across its 1,400+ care locations, but to bringing hope to every corner of the communities it serves. Over the past few years, Atrium Health has continued to develop innovative telemedicine solutions to reach residents living in areas with limited access to care.

With support from philanthropy, including a recent $10,000 grant from Corning Incorporated Foundation, Atrium Health’s experienced telemedicine team is now piloting a program that will provide the community surrounding the I-85/Sugar Creek intersection with exceptional clinic access.

Atrium Health has partnered with Northside Baptist Church, which has donated space for the clinic. Residents in this area struggle with poverty, food and housing insecurity, trafficking, violence, lack of employment, and overall poorer health and shorter life expectancy. The pilot program, which began in August of 2021, is linking Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured patients with primary care, behavioral health support, and health coaching, serving individuals and families within their rhythm of life.

Atrium Health Levine Children’s is already utilizing telemedicine in over 30 schools across Lincoln and Cleveland Counties, as well as within Kannapolis City Schools. Photo taken prior to the coronavirus pandemic and may not reflect current health and safety policies.

At the Atrium Health Community Telemedicine Clinic at Northside Baptist Church, an onsite health care technician will assist each patient in the completion of an enhanced video visit. Using a secure telemedicine platform and innovative technologies, a medical provider located remotely will complete a comprehensive health examination and develop a proper treatment plan with the patient, including prescriptions, follow-up care, and connecting them to appropriate social services when needed.

Atrium Health Foundation would like to recognize Corning Incorporated Foundation, along with the Ann P. Miller Charitable Trust, for generously supporting this program. Through philanthropy, Atrium Health will continue to improve access to care in underserved communities. To learn how you can support Atrium Health’s telemedicine clinic, contact Leslie.Sykes@atriumhealth.org.

 

About Atrium HealthAtrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is an integrated, nonprofit health system with more than 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations. It provides care under the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, region, as well as Atrium Health Navicent and Atrium Health Floyd in Georgia and Alabama. Atrium Health is renowned for its top-ranked pediatric, cancer and heart care, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. A recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, Wake Forest School of Medicine is the academic core of the enterprise, including Wake Forest Innovations, which is advancing new medical technologies and biomedical discoveries. Atrium Health is also a leading-edge innovator in virtual care and mobile medicine, providing care close to home and in the home. Ranked nationally among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in eight pediatric specialties and for rehabilitation, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and its 2021 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, as well as the 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Equity Award for its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care. With a commitment to every community it serves, Atrium Health seeks to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, providing more than $2 billion per year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits.