Advisory committee to help guide planning at Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center


Members of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center advisory committte are, front row from left, CHS Coalition and Taskforce Operations Assistant Shareen Lawson, SeHealth Vice President of Post Acute Care Services Lori Dove, RHCC Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager Latasha Murray, and RHCC Vice President Chief Behavioral Health Officer Bart Grimes. Back row from left, are Pastor T. Shedrick Byrd, RHCC CEO Tim Hall, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill, KK Automotive representative DeWayne Hunt, RCCCC Director Andrew Collier, Lumberton Housing Authority Asset Manager Monica Troy and SeHealth Community Health Services Director Lekisha Hammonds.

LUMBERTON — A new advisory committee has been formed to guide the future Dr. A.J. Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center better serve the community.

In May, it was announced that Southeastern Health’s Dr. A.J. Robinson Medical Clinic would be reopening in partnership with Robeson Health Care Corporation and with the new name. The clinic at 800 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive closed after 2016’s Hurricane Matthew flooded the facility, but it thankfully did not flood after Hurricane Florence and is expected to reopen next year.

SeHealth President and CEO Joann Anderson said reopening the clinic will be an opportunity to start a revitalization of the community.

“As RHCC and Southeastern Health leaders worked on the plan to reopen the clinical services in the community, we realized it was not our place to define what the community could become after all the challenges it has faced,” Anderson said. “We realized others have a stake in that community and have visions of what it can be. We want to be a part of creating that vision, with the advisory committee. We look forward to working with the community to make it the best it can be.”

Tim Hall, CEO of Robeson Health Care Corporation, said he is excited to see the great things that he knows will come from the committee.

“When we, in partnership with Southeastern Health, came up with the idea for the advisory committee, there was so much energy and excitement about what this gathering of community leaders could do once they put their collective heads together,” Hall said. “I believe that this committee will passionately drive efforts that will, both directly and indirectly, positively affect the health and well-being of the people living in the community.”

A recent meeting at the Robeson County Church and Community Center included several community leaders who had gathered to hear updates on the clinic, give input and help plan the future of the facility, before and beyond when it reopens next year. The current plan is for the clinic to initially offer primary care and behavioral health care.

“You could feel the enthusiasm in the room,” said SeHealth Community Health Services Director Lekisha Hammonds. “We are very eager and excited to work hand in hand along with this group of very knowledgeable and passionate people who are vested in the South Lumberton community.”

Hammonds said the health administrators left the first meeting with homework to consider how to implement several ideas the group brought up, as well as input for getting a few more community residents on the committee.

SeHealth Vice President of Post Acute Care Services Lori Dove said the conversation at the meeting quickly moved past celebrating the reopening to planning how to bring needed services and hope back to the community.

“There were many ideas brought forward to develop paths to serve the mental health, food insecurity and housing needs in the community,” Dove said. “It’s a diverse group that has joined together with a clear focus on how we can meld our various backgrounds and talents into becoming one community, full of hope, and in the knowledge that we as a community can make a difference.”

Members of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center advisory committte are, front row from left, CHS Coalition and Taskforce Operations Assistant Shareen Lawson, SeHealth Vice President of Post Acute Care Services Lori Dove, RHCC Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager Latasha Murray, and RHCC Vice President Chief Behavioral Health Officer Bart Grimes. Back row from left, are Pastor T. Shedrick Byrd, RHCC CEO Tim Hall, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill, KK Automotive representative DeWayne Hunt, RCCCC Director Andrew Collier, Lumberton Housing Authority Asset Manager Monica Troy and SeHealth Community Health Services Director Lekisha Hammonds.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/web1_Advisory.jpgMembers of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center advisory committte are, front row from left, CHS Coalition and Taskforce Operations Assistant Shareen Lawson, SeHealth Vice President of Post Acute Care Services Lori Dove, RHCC Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager Latasha Murray, and RHCC Vice President Chief Behavioral Health Officer Bart Grimes. Back row from left, are Pastor T. Shedrick Byrd, RHCC CEO Tim Hall, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill, KK Automotive representative DeWayne Hunt, RCCCC Director Andrew Collier, Lumberton Housing Authority Asset Manager Monica Troy and SeHealth Community Health Services Director Lekisha Hammonds.

Roxana Ross

Roxana Ross is content writer and photographer for Southeastern Health.

Roxana Ross is content writer and photographer for Southeastern Health.

Leave a Reply