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A midsized outpatient clinic, with about 8000 unique primary care patients and 70 employees. There are no extended weekday or weekend hours. The facility is affiliated with the Asheville VA Medical Center and serves the counties of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Wilkes. The clinic provides primary care, general mental health, podiatry, audiology, and optometry services.
As the name “Hickory” implies, this is an area of hardwood forests, the original resource for Hickory’s active furniture-making industry. According to local sources, 60% of the furniture made in the United States is made within 200 miles of Hickory, and names like Broyhill, Drexel Heritage and Henredon among many others are headquartered locally. Furniture factory outlets draw people from miles around. The area is also home to the one of the country’s largest fiber optic cable plants operated by Corning.