Fairfield Medical Associates named S.C. Rural Health Care Provider of the Year

Dr. Roger Gaddy, front row, left, accepted the S.C. Rural Health Provider award for 2020 on behalf of the doctors and staff of Fairfield Medical Associates in Winnsboro. | Barbara Ball

WINNSBORO – Fairfield Medical Associates has been named the 2020 S.C. Rural Health Provider of the Year by the S.C. Office of Rural Health (SCORH).

Bridget Winston, Director of Communications for SCORH was in Winnsboro last week along with other SCORH officials to present the award, a one-of-a-kind painting of the Town Clock, to Dr. Roger Gaddy, Dr. Harmon Patrick, Dr. Deborah Stuck and their staff.

“We present this award to you for your efforts in significantly enhancing the health status of the Fairfield Community,” Winston said.

“Fairfield Medical Associates is a high-performing practice that focuses on taking care of their community,” Shannon Chambers, SCORH’s director of provider solutions said. “With the high quality measures that they have in place, they continue to be one of the strongest Rural Health clinics that we have in South Carolina.”

“We’re very proud of this award,” Gaddy said, also thanking his entire staff. “Our staff has worked hard to close a lot of the gaps in care. They make sure our patients get their mammograms, colon cancer screenings, routine bloodwork to keep their cholesterol under control and blood pressure and blood sugar at appropriate levels.”

Gaddy said the award is a reflection of the job the clinic’s doctors and staff have done.

“It’s extremely difficult to attract young physicians to a rural area,” Gaddy said. “A lot of them are looking for some place they can deliver high quality care. This award is a reflection of that type of care that we deliver here and in Blythewood.

“I hope this award will help us attract some of these younger physicians to the area to continue this legacy of high quality care for our rural patients,” he said.

The presentation was part of SCORH’s celebration of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 19.

“Every year on this day, we pause to celebrate the power of rural and to honor the work being done by our rural healthcare providers and partners to make our communities stronger ad healthier” Dr. Graham Adams, CEO of SCORH, said. “With all the challenges that 2020 has brought, we have seen our rural communities rally again and again to take care of each other.

Fairfield Medical Associates focuses on family medicine. The clinic has three physicians, Dr. Gaddy, Dr. Harmon Patrick and Dr. Deborah Stuck; a pediatric physician, Dr. Neera Khurana; two PA’s, Brian Harbison and Daniel Knowles and two nurse practioners, Susan Grosslight and Aimee Newsom.

“We provide patient-centered care, compassionate and quality medical care to those persons of this county and the surrounding areas,” Gaddy said. “Our ultimate purpose is to help people. We have a goal as a Rural Health Clinic to provide primary health care services which include diagnosis, treatment, health maintenance, health promotion, and disease prevention.”

The Fairfield offices are located at 880 West Moultrie Street, Suite 200, in Winnsboro. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday (open til 5:30 on Thursdays) and 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

The clinic also offers a Wellness Center at 511 Moultrie Street in Winnsboro and offices in Blythewood at 428-2 McNulty Road.

For more information, call the Fairfield office at 803-635-6461 or Blythewood office at 803-754-8941.

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