Grace Clinic was founded in June 2005 to provide care to the residents of the Yadkin Valley area in northwestern North Carolina.
The clinic started as a heartfelt desire to serve the needs of low-income residents lacking medical insurance and access to non-emergency health and wellness care. It has grown into a vital ministry supported by a remarkable network of dedicated pastors, health care professionals, community leaders, congregations, donors, and volunteers.
History of Grace Clinic
- Founded on June 29, 2005 as the Tri-County Health Resource Center, Inc.
- Its initial goal was to help people get medical appointments with area doctors and transport them to the appointments. It also provided patients with medication vouchers to area pharmacies.
- Founders were Lynn Sloan Barnes, Reverend Ralph Shipp, Reverend Al Joyner and Dr. Stephen Erlandson.
- Clinic was started after Lynn went on Mission Trips outside the U.S. and realized there were many people in her own backyard that weren’t receiving medical care. She came up with the idea to start a clinic and became its first Executive Director.
- First home of the Clinic was at the Elkin First United Methodist Church where Lynn was a deaconess.
- With a need for more space to expand its services, the Clinic moved to Grassy Creek United Methodist Church in 2006 and began to see patients there with the help of volunteer doctors. It expanded its hours and grew the patient count.
- In 2008, the Clinic moved to 170 Claremont Drive where it converted the home into a full-fledged clinic with 3 exam rooms.
- In late 2010, the Clinic hired its first regular part-time Physician Assistant in Mary Keller.
- Lynn was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2011. But her legacy of the Clinic lived on and the Clinic grew to serve more patients.
- In 2014, the Clinic expanded its services to include a behavioral health specialist through an agreement with CareNet Counseling. Now, every patient sees the medical provider as well as the behavioral health specialist, a more holistic approach to medical care.
- In 2014, the Clinic began participating with NC Med Assist to acquire generic medications at no cost to our patients. Over 150 patients now get their medications through NC Med Assist.
- At its Annual Meeting in June, 2015, the Clinic celebrated 10 years of service to the community.
- In 2015, the Clinic moved from 170 Claremont to its current location at 110 Dutchman Court, 2nd floor, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Novembre, owner of the facility.
- Also, in 2015, the Clinic formally changed its name to the Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley.
- In 2016, the Clinic conducted its first ever dental clinic. This was done in conjunction with Dr. Mark Halbedl and his staff at Parkwood Dental, along with North Carolina Baptist Mobile Dental Ministry.
- The Clinic serves 13 communities in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.