Annie Penn Hospital Reopens Health Center
PENN nurses will fill the gap created when the Clara F. Gunn Medical Center closed.
The former Clara F. Gunn Medical Center will open its doors again on August 21 as the Cone Health Community Care – Clara F. Gunn Center.
Clara F. Gunn Center
The medical lifeline for more than 500 people was cut when the Reidsville branch of Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine closed the facility.
Annie Penn Hospital’s congregational nurse program, PENN (or People Engaged in Neighborhood Nursing), will provide care in the reopened center at 922 Third Ave., Reidsville. The office will be staffed with a registered nurse and a bilingual licensed practical nurse.
“No one wants to spend hours in an emergency room with a sore throat,” says Annie Penn Hospital President Cindy Farrand. “With the center closed, people living in that community had few other options. I am very happy that Cone Health and Annie Penn Hospital are able to fill this gap.”
The Cone Health Community Care – Clara F. Gunn Center will offer a variety of basic health services. These include blood pressure checks, heart rate checks, blood sugar checks, urine analysis, rapid strep tests and pregnancy tests. People needing more complex services will be directed to a physician online. Using these virtual visits, doctors can evaluate and prescribe medicine and treatments. There will be no medication on-site, though Carolina Apothecary will help patients fill their prescriptions at little to no cost.
The new center will treat adults over the age of 18. It will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.) and Tuesdays Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will be available, though walk-in patients will be accepted as well. More complex medical conditions will be referred to community physicians and clinics.
In addition to medical care, the center will connect people with community resources for free medications and referrals to specialists, food, shelter, jobs and insurance.
People can contact the Cone Health Community Care – Clara F. Gunn Center at 336-709-6689 to schedule an appointment or to discuss health care needs. There will be a ribbon cutting at the center on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m. An open house follows.