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Medical center honored for community service

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on September 19, 2005 1:53 PM

FAISON -- Goshen Med-ical Center has received the 2005 Outstanding Service Award by the North Carolina Community Health Center Association.

Dr. Greg Bounds has been the chief executive officer at Goshen Medical Center since July 2001 and has helped transformed the medical center from a small migrant and community health center to a thriving provider of medical services for all segments of the community.

Goshen is a non-profit organization. Profits from serving insured patients are not distributed to owners or private doctors but used to create and provide services for people who otherwise may not be served.

The roles Goshen Medical Center plays include serving as a host site for the state Medicaid for children Health Check Coordinator; coordinating internships and training programs with James Sprunt Community College and the migrant-focused Telamon Corporation; hosting interdisciplinary training for diverse medical programs and preceptor training for providers with area AHECs and East Carolina University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University; providing free care to abused women; providing screenings and physicals at reduced prices to the East Coast Migrant Head Start and school sports programs; participating in the state's Wise Woman Program for cardiovascular health and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, as well as the state Primary Care Association's immunization program; participation in an outcome measures pilot project with the N.C. Clinicians Network; and participating in the Bureau sponsored dental varnish program and a statewide health disparities collaborative for diabetes.

Bounds has helped the medical center obtain numerous private grants to fund new medical centers and programs.

One of the grants was a $500,000 grant from AVON/CDC Foundation for a mobile mammography unit, which Goshen uses to serve women in rural areas, by visiting migrant camps, area health departments and sister CHC facilities in eastern North Carolina.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has also been an important partner in Goshen's growth in recent years, by granting capital funds to support expansion of buildings and programs.

Bounds said in the past three years Goshen has received four of the HRSA-funded expansion awards, including two for new access points and two for expanded medical capacity. Each award is worth $650,000 in on-going grant funding annually.

Bounds said Goshen has grown from three sites to 10 sites over the past three years. The sites are located in Duplin, Sampson and Wayne counties.

Goshen's latest acquisition is an internal medicine and pediatrics practice in Goldsboro, Carolina Adult and Pediatrics Medicine at 1600 Wayne Memorial Drive.

Bounds said he recognizes that Goshen's accomplishments would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of all Goshen employees. He said he is particularly pleased with his executive team members, who have managed the growth over the last few years.