Benson Area Medical Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday night, announcing that it has added more doctors and mobile healthcare services to provide more care to a growing region.
“We have just added acute care visits here,” William Massengill, CEO of Benson Area Medical Center, said at the celebration in the center’s lobby. A physician’s assistant was hired to aid with acute care visits.
“So people should be able to get in if they have a need that day by calling our office,” Massengill said. “Also, we’ve just hired these three physicians. That’s been a real need in the community.”
The first two have already joined the staff. The third physician is set to start the first of December. The center offered 146 free sports physicals last fiscal year and fielded 532 medical visits for farmworkers. The center also works with partners to provide a mobile mammography service and a mobile dental health clinic.
Dr. Betsey Tilson, state health director and the chief medical officer of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, gave an update on the future of health care during the ceremony. The biggest update centered on the aftermath of the state’s Medicaid reform tug-of-war.
“We’re suspending the move to Medicaid transformation, Medicaid managed care,” Tilson said at the event. “We were charged by the General Assembly to move our Medicaid program for service into Medicaid managed care. But the General Assembly adjourned without having a budget and without giving us the resource and the authority that we needed to move so, for now, we are suspending the move to Medicaid managed care until we have the resources to be able to do that.”
But Tilson said that shouldn’t prevent Medicaid patients from getting the care they need.
“The most important thing for people [to know] is that how they’re getting their care today will continue. People will still get their care the same way they did before,” she said.
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