BUIES CREEK — Campbell University’s Health Center has opened its doors to the public. Once known as Campbell’s Student Infirmary, the Health Center located on the university’s main campus in Buies Creek now boasts a full medical staff and an in-house pharmacy.
The Health Center is currently accepting new patients who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, in addition to Campbell students and employees. Partnerships with insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna are in development. Services in family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine, and geriatrics are offered at the Health Center. Psychiatric services and weight-loss support will be implemented in the near future. Its core service -- family medicine -- includes comprehensive health care for patients of all ages with emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion.
Under the direction of Dr. Andrew Martin, who also serves as an assistant professor at Campbell’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine, the center is staffed by family medicine practitioners, an osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist and physician assistants who all teach within Campbell’s health sciences programs.
The pharmacy is staffed by faculty members and students from the university’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences who are all registered pharmacists and certified technicians in the state.
“As Harnett County grows, a need for health care expansion arises and closer medical care becomes important,” Dr. Martin said. “I think Campbell will be able to meet that need with the new medical school and community health center.”
The facility’s unique composition gives the opportunity of interprofessional training to Campbell’s health sciences students. Students will be able to shadow physicians, physician assistants and pharmacists while learning to work collaboratively with other disciplines to find the optimal treatment for the patient. As Campbell’s health sciences programs develop, the Health Center will become a rotation site for the School of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
“We are thrilled to train our new medical students with our pharmacy and PA students at the clinic as well as provide much needed care to our community,” said Dr. Ronald Maddox, vice president of health programs at Campbell.
Campbell University’s Health Center works in conjunction with Harnett Health System and is located at 129 T. T. Lanier Street, Buies Creek, NC 27506. For questions, call 910-893-1560 or visit www.campbellhealthcenter.com.
“I’m excited about the opportunities to provide our community with more access to primary care,” Maddox said. “With a new medical school, and a strong pharmacy and physician assistant program, we are working to determine ways to offer sustainable models for providing primary care to small, rural communities and better train our students to offer this type of care.”