A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Wednesday for a new medical clinic in Yadkinville. The Hugh Chatham Urgent Care, located at 912 S. State St. in the Lowes Foods parking lot, officially opened on Monday. The hours for walk-in care will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
The walk-in clinic will treat medical ailments such as minor wounds, bruises, sports injuries, rashes, skin infections, insect bites, bronchitis, influenza, headaches and fever, inner ear or urinary tract infections. Operating the facility will be Dr. Stephen Erlandson and Certified Family Nurse Practitioners Emily Collette, Ashley Lauer and Andrea Underwood.
“We’re glad that the citizens and businesses of Yadkinville and the surrounding area now have additional access to health care, especially with the convenient extended and weekend hours,” said Bobby Todd of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Hammes gave a few brief remarks about the new medical facility.
“Everything we do is shaped by our vision statement, in which we declare an absolute commitment to become recognized as the nations’ leading community hospital system. What does that mean for our patients, and our communities? It means that you can have complete confidence in the credentials and caliber of our medical providers, in the quality and safety of care that we provide, and in your overall experience as a healthcare consumer,” he said.
“You may not know, but last week marked the 85th anniversary of the opening of our original hospital in Elkin, which occurred in 1931. That marked the birth of an independent, community-owned healthcare system not only rooted in the Yadkin Valley, but proudly embracing the values shared by the people who live, work and play in this community as to how we approach care delivery, each and every day. And we are especially grateful that you entrust us with your well-being, and that of your loved ones. Last year more than 150,000 patient visits occurred across our system: at our hospital, at our 20 physician practices located across five counties, through home care provided by Yadkin Valley Home Health — and now, right here, we are excited to expand access to convenient, high quality and affordable care, at our third urgent care facility in the Yadkin Valley.”
Hammes added the new clinic also will be a resource for employers who need occupational medicine services and pre-employment physicals as well as for families who need summer sports and camp physicals for their children.
Erlandson, the primary doctor for the facility, is a family medicine physician who is double board certified in Family Practice and Geriatric Medicine. He received his medical degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and he completed a residency at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He has been on the medical staff at Hugh Chatham for 37 years and is based at Hugh Chatham Family Medicine in Elkin.
For more information about the Hugh Chatham Urgent Care in Yadkinville, call 336-677-1500.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.