Physician’s practice to reopen

Staff Report

The medical office of Dr. James S. McGrath will reopen on Thursday in the Yadkin Physicians’ area of the former Yadkin Valley Community Hospital at 624 W. Main St. in Yadkinville.

McGrath’s most recent practice was under Yadkin Valley Community Hospital, and when the hospital abruptly closed in May of this year, so did his practice. According to county officials, many of the calls received following the unexpected hospital closure were in regard to the physician’s practice.

McGrath said, “Everyone with the new practice is looking forward to getting back to work, and we all hope that this is just the first step in resolving all of the issues associated with the hospital closure.”

McGrath is now scheduling appointments and may be contacted at 336-462-9623 until his phone system is installed. Patients are asked to leave a message and someone will return the call.

“This is another important step in the restoration of healthcare to the citizens of Yadkin County,” said Yadkin County Commissioner Chairman Kevin Austin.

McGrath was born in Colorado, but raised in Kansas. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and has been affiliated with Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital, Durham Regional Hospital, UNC Hospitals, Duke University Hospital, Hoots Memorial Hospital and Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.

Heather Grant, family nurse practitioner, also will be joining the practice. Grant was also associated with Yadkin Physicians prior to the abrupt closure of the hospital facility by the former hospital operator.

McGrath also will have admitting privileges at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.

Yadkin County Manager Lisa Hughes said, “We have received numerous calls in the past several weeks inquiring when Dr. McGrath would be reopening his medical practice, and we are so pleased that he has chosen to lease part of the county hospital facility to continue providing his much needed service to our folks in Yadkin County.”

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