Local clinic celebrates 50 years

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Charlotte Pediatric Clinic recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 19 with a fun-filled day held for patients, families and past and present employees.

“The event was wonderful,” Courtney Bogan, MHA, director for Charlotte Pediatric Clinic, said in an email. “There were bounce houses, a Carolinas Medical Center Sports Med Ambulance with Wii games, a fire truck, face paining, Chick-fil-A, popcorn, music and an opportunity to meet Charlotte Pediatric Clinic’s newest physicians.” Sir Purr, the official mascot of the Carolina Panthers, also made a guest appearance at the event to dance with the
crowd.

The clinic was founded in July 1963 by Dr. Blair Bryan, Dr. Carlton Watkins, Dr. William Bryant Jr. and Dr. Charles Warner, according to Julia Smith, media relations associate for Carolinas HealthCare System. The original office was located on Mockingbird Lane in Charlotte, but the practice moved to Abby Place in 1969 and then to SouthPark. Offices eventually were opened in Blakeney, Matthews and Steele Creek.

It is “incredibly special that the clinic is in its 50th year,” Bogan said, adding the providers and employees of the clinic feel honored to be able to serve the community for 50 years.

“With offices in SouthPark, Matthews, Blakeney and Steele Creek and 26 providers, our practice is deeply imbedded in the community. One of our original physicians, Dr. William Bryant Jr., is still practicing with us. Also, we love the opportunity to support our patients and watch their families grow… we have many third-generation patients at Charlotte Pediatric Clinic,” she said.

Affiliated with Levine Children’s Hospital, the clinic provides comprehensive care from birth to college and includes services such as pediatric and adolescent medicine, newborn care, physicals, immunizations, 24-hour telephone coverage, prevention and management of chronic illnesses, minor procedures and injury treatment, childhood illness treatment, developmental screenings, laboratory services, nutrition, flu shot clinics, hearing and vision screening, prenatal visits and lactation services.

Bogan said she wants residents to know the providers and employees of the clinic “are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our patients and our families. We practice evidence-based medicine based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines. We are open 364-days a year and are available by phone 24-hours a day, seven day a week.”

Carolinas HealthCare System was formed during the Civil War when there were no general hospitals in North Carolina. Charlotte was becoming a transportation stop for wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Eventually, the Confederate hospital was built. A few years later, in 1876, the first civilian hospital – Charlotte Home and Hospital – was opened thanks to the women of St. Peter’s Protestant Episcopal Church and led by Jane Wilkes.

Eventually the facility changed its name to St. Peter’s Hospital before being succeeded by a new facility in Dilworth called Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Evolving over the years, Charlotte Memorial Hospital eventually changed its name to Carolinas HealthCare System.

Carolinas HealthCare System now boasts, “more than 60,000 full-time and part-time employees, more than 7,460 licensed beds (acute care and post-acute care), and an annual budget exceeding $7.7 billion (comparable to many Fortune 500 companies),” according to the CHS website.

Find more information on the clinic at www.carolinashealthcare.org/charlotte-pediatric-clinic.

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