The board of advisors of the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation announces the establishment of the RCCHC Roy D. Sr. and Yvonne Flood Endowment Fund, according to Natalie Jenkins Peel, NC Community Foundation Regional Director.
This fund supports the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides a range of primary medical and behavioral healthcare services in underserved areas. The RCCHC Roy D. Sr. and Yvonne Flood Endowment Fund will provide health education to local students, as well as provide medical care for community members in need. The funds that supported the establishment of this endowment came from a fundraiser at the Nebo Baptist Church in October 2017.
Pictured: Kim Schwartz, RCCHC CEO, Yvonne Flood, and Dr. Viola Vaughan-Holland, RCCHC board member
“The incredible contributions both Dr. Flood and Mrs. Flood from a whole person perspective set the solid foundation for our community health center’s mission to be fully operational in Hertford County,” said RCCHC CEO Kim Schwartz.
Dr. Roy D. Flood Sr. was a local physician and founder of the Roanoke Chowan Hospital, which is one of the primary healthcare facilities in the area. Flood was also instrumental in the recruitment of physicians to Hertford County and Ahoskie, a long-underserved community. This is the second endowment named in Flood’s honor.
“Roy and Yvonne Flood devoted their lives to health and education, and the endowment fund named for them will continue their vitally important work,” said Guy Simmons, RCCHC board president. “We are thrilled that our community has contributed so enthusiastically and generously.”
“Dr. Flood has made significant and vital contributions to the community over the years,” said Laura Beasley, BHCF board president and NCCF statewide board member. “It is so fitting to create another endowment that honors his leadership and legacy in the community.”
About the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation
The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation is a growing family of philanthropic funds, resource area for nonprofits, source of grants for worthy local causes and partner for donors. BHCF is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership—all for the benefit of Bertie and Hertford counties. Whatever your means or charitable goals, the BHCF makes it easy to become a philanthropist. BHCF was founded in 1999 and it an affiliate foundation of the North Carolina Community Foundation. In addition to Beasley, board members include: John Tayloe (vice president), Lindsay Vaughn (secretary-treasurer), Gail Carter, Austine Evans, Richard Hoggard, Robert Lee, Anna Pierce, Karen Ray, Penny Rose, Marti Tyler and Ron Wesson.
Tax-deductible contributions, made payable to the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation, can be mailed to the North Carolina Community Foundation, 3737 Glenwood Ave. Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612. Contributions can also be made online at nccommunityfoundation.org.
About the North Carolina Community Foundation
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered more than $130 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With nearly $247 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.
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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center has been acknowledged as a national leader in the control of hypertension, or high blood pressure, among their peer health care practices. RCCHC is one of 98 medical practices in 19 states that are members of OCHIN, a national Health Center Information Network utilizing an Epic-based electronic medical record.
OCHIN tracks measures of quality healthcare and patient outcomes by individual member practices which represent over 10,000 Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and PAs. RCCHC was recently acknowledged as the OCHIN practice ranked number 1 in controlling hypertension, a leading contributor to chronic illness and death due to stroke and heart disease.
“Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center should be very proud of the great work they are doing to improve the health of Eastern North Carolina communities. The Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center clinical team is a leader in hypertension control among the OCHIN Collaborative, and their culture of continuous quality improvement serves as a model for other health centers across the nation.“ Abby Sears, OCHIN CEO.
In addition, RCCHC is consistently ranked in the top 5 percent of the OCHIN collaborative as a high performing health center based on patient outcomes and financial measures as identified by the Health Resources Services Administration HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Care.
“RCCHC’s clinical staff has long prioritized quality initiatives focused on the key challenges that impact our communities.” said Dr. Claudia Richardson, RCCHC’s Chief Medical Officer “patients are always at the center of these initiatives and knowing we are achieving top quality results for our patients is significant.”
RCCHC, an FQHC since May 2005, provides comprehensive primary care and pediatric services with locations in Ahoskie and Murfreesboro (Hertford County), Colerain (Bertie County) and Creswell (Washington County) North Carolina. As a designated community health and migrant center, RCCHC’s mission is to provide comprehensive care that reduces health disparities for the Roanoke Chowan area. Additionally RCCHC staffs The Hertford County Student Wellness Center which operates during the school year and allows students to seek behavioral health services without having to leave campus, reducing absenteeism and in turn keeping kids in the classroom giving them a greater chance to successfully complete curriculum requirements.
RCCHC operations are a HRSA Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b.
A familiar face is returning to Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center as its new Chief Medical Officer, Roanoke-Chowan area native, Dr. Claudia Weaver Richardson. Dr. Richardson is an experienced OB/GYN who, before joining RCCHC, served as President of Roanoke-Chowan Women’s Center, Medical Director for OIC in Rocky Mount, NC, and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Maryland.
She holds a B.S. in Biology from Duke University, received her M.D. from the East Carolina Brody School of Medicine, and formal training in obstetrics and gynecology from Wayne State University Medical Center in Detroit, MI. In 2003, Richardson received a Masters in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill. She has two children Joseph Robert Richardson and Ross Howard Richardson and is a member of the Xi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
“RCCHC’s team is thrilled to have Dr. Richardson leading our clinical team and carrying on her family’s incredibly legacy of caring for the health care needs of our communities here in the Roanoke Chowan region. Dr. Richardson’s passion for quality, compassionate patient care along with her dedication to the care of the clinical staff needs all contribute to why she is the perfect Chief Medical Officer at this time,” said Kim Schwartz, RCCHC CEO.
A welcome reception is being hosted by the RCCHC Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 8 at Ahoskie Comprehensive Care, 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie from 5 to 6 p.m.
“It is a privilege to honor my mother and father’s legacy by serving the community that they cherished. I’m excited to join an excellent team of forward thinking providers and staff who are willing and prepared to handle the challenge of modern medicine, without compromising the invaluable relationship of primary care provider and patient,” Richardson said.
Currently, North Carolina community health centers serve approximately 200,000 uninsured patients statewide with primary care services. Many people who are uninsured show up to our clinics with conditions that have grown worse over time due to a lack of insurance. The vast majority of these people are the working poor that make too little to afford the cost of health insurance premiums, and make too much for Medicaid. They are caught in the “coverage gap.”
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