The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers has been
serving the Plateau community for generations with free medical care on Tuesday
and Thursday evenings. Jerry Hermanson,
CEO has made it his mission to ensure that all who need health care in our area
have access to it.
A grant from the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation has
helped the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers continue to provide much
needed health care services to the low income, uninsured members of our
community. Laboratory testing and x-rays
and imaging studies are a key component in the diagnosis and treatment of many
of the illnesses and chronic diseases treated by the free medical clinic. With a recent loss of these services which
must be provided by outside organizations, patients were not able to afford
these tests and procedures. Thanks to
the support of the foundation, patients are now able to obtain these services
Update on the effects of the Corona Virus on Clinic Activities
The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers is committed
to providing the needed medical services the low income, uninsured members of
our community need in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time we need to protect our
patients, volunteers and staff from exposure to the virus.
In an effort to do just that, the clinic has been able to
modify our treatment methods assuring access to needed care while providing
optimal safety to all.
We have thanked our volunteers for their service
but have asked them to take a break from volunteering at this time. Most are in a high-risk category as outlined
by the CDC and should not risk exposure to the Corona Virus.
We have also postponed patient visits for
non-urgent medical treatment like routine follow-up visits and minor medical
issues. This also allows the clinic to
expand access to the critically ill patients that may need care as a result of
the virus. The clinics staff is
providing all patient contact services and are protected by the recommended PPE
(personal protective equipment) needed.
Patients are screened on the telephone prior to
arrival and are brought into the clinic one at a time. By keeping the waiting room empty (with
patients waiting in their cars until ready to come in) we are again protecting
patients and staff from unnecessary exposure to the virus and other diseases.
Patients requesting refills on medications that
are dispensed at the clinic receive them from a staff member who meets them at
their car in the parking lot of the clinic.
The Corona Virus Crisis has allowed the clinic
to expand services through the use of tele-medicine. The North Carolina Association of Free and
Charitable Clinics is paying for a platform that allows the use of smart
phones, tablets, laptops and other computers to have a virtual visit with a