CareSouth Carolina holds ribbon-cutting

CareSouth Carolina holds ribbon-cutting for PEBA office in Bennettsville
Posted on 11/25/2019
CareSouthCareSouth Carolina held a ribbon-cutting on Nov. 23 to celebrate the opening of its newest location in Bennettsville, an office exclusively for public employees.

Ann Lewis, CEO of CareSouth Carolina, said in many of their locations, access is an issue for some
employees on the State Health Plan for healthcare

CareSouth Carolina will offer primary care for public employees and their dependents in a separate suite located in the back of the Marlboro County School District as part of its new “Public Employee Health Services—Marlboro County” program.

The office is designed to give employees of agencies insured through the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) an option for primary and acute health care as an appreciation for their service to the community. This includes county, school district, municipal and state government employees and retirees as well as their dependents. “This is not the opening day,” she said.

Located in the Marlboro County School District Office Annex at 100 Matheson Street, it opened Oct. 15 and has its own entrance and sign. The office offers physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of many common acute and chronic conditions, medication prescription and management, wellness visits, drug testing, flu vaccines and many other services.

There is no co-pay for services. Marlboro County Board of Education Chairman Larry McNeil thanked CareSouth for providing this need for the community. “There is a need for our families to come to work and get the service they need,” he said. Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord felt it was a great opportunity for employees and their families to have top-notch medical care available onsite. “Access has a lot to do with the quality of life,” he said. “If we can’t get or gain access to those things we need to be successful, we don’t enjoy living the way most folks do.”

Mark Bunch, past chairman of the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce commended the school district
for taking a building with such a long rich tradition and using it in such a wonderful way that state employees can bring their families for healthcare. “And to CareSouth for your long rich tradition for caring for the citizens in rural South Carolina,” he said. “And for merging both of those by using a building, bringing your services and enriching our community,” Bunch said.

Lauren Bailey, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, will be the provider at the clinic. She said she came from a background filled with public employees. “The impact they have on our community is great and this is just a small way to give back to them and to let them know that we have their back,” Bailey said. “They serve the community and this service will allow them quicker access to care, which in turn helps the community thrive.”

It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30 -6 p.m. To make an appointment, visit caresouth-carolina. com or call 843-456- 7752.
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