Clockwise, from top left: Emily Cooper, MD, MHA, Kelly Horne, FNP, Sandra Teal, FNP, and Stacy Marcum, PA, make up the new primary care team at Carolinas HealthCare System Anson. 

When the doors opened at Carolinas HealthCare System Anson, there was a homecoming of sorts for several providers at the facility. 

Since 1913, Anson Community Hospital provided care for the local community. But as healthcare evolved, the hospital was no longer meeting the needs of the community.

Rather than investing in a facility that wasn’t what the Anson community needed, Carolinas HealthCare System replaced the aging, 52-bed inpatient hospital with Carolinas HealthCare System Anson, a 15-bed facility focused on reducing the high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions that characterize Anson County’s 27,000 residents. 

Carolinas Primary Care serves as Carolinas HealthCare System Anson’s “medical home," a new model which focuses on primary and preventive care, patient and caregiver relationships and strong community partnerships.

A common challenge for many rural communities, such as Anson, is the ability to recruit and retain physicians. Since opening Carolinas HealthCare System Anson, the facility has had four providers join the team, making for an outstanding primary care team, all of which are from or lived in Anson County.

Sandra Teal, FNP, board-certified family nurse practitioner at Carolinas HealthCare System Anson, is the veteran of the group. Born and raised in Anson County, she began her medical career at Anson Community Hospital and has worked in healthcare for 20 years, 17 of which have been with Carolinas HealthCare System.

Sandra’s high school classmate and fellow family nurse practitioner, Kelly Horne, FNP, joined the team in September. Horne is also board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Stacy Marcum, PA, joined the team in October. Stacy has been a physician assistant for 12 years. Originally from West Virginia, Stacy has lived in Anson County for the last eight years.

The most recent addition to the Carolinas HealthCare System Anson primary care team is Emily Cooper, MD, MHA, who joined the staff in early December. Cooper will not only see patients, but will also serve as the medical director of Carolinas Primary Care at Carolinas HealthCare System Anson.

Dr. Cooper earned both her medical degree and master's in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center Family Medicine.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Cooper join the Carolinas HealthCare System Anson team,” said Mike Lutes, president of Carolinas HealthCare System Union. “Her knowledge and talent will enable us to better meet the needs of our patients and allow us to better provide the Anson County community with the expertise, support and resources needed for patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare.”

Carolinas HealthCare System Anson offers 24/7 emergency care; patient-centered hospital services such as radiology, digital imaging, laboratory, pharmacy and surgery services; a free community room for health education; and access to specialty services through Carolinas HealthCare System.

For more information, visit CarolinasHealthCare.org/anson.

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