After more than eight months of searching for “just the right fit,” the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation and Blue Ridge Health are pleased to welcome two new primary care physicians to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – Ann Davis, MD and Kristy Fincher, DO.
Dr. Davis and Dr. Fincher will begin seeing patients in late June at the new Blue Ridge Health – Highlands Cashiers location on the campus of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in the Jane Woodruff Clinic.
Dr. Davis is a graduate of Duke University, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She completed her residency at Hinsdale Family Medicine Residency in Hinsdale, Illinois in November 2011.
As a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician, Dr. Davis brings ten years of experience in outpatient family medicine, comprehensive primary care for patients of all ages, and chronic disease management.
She has held several teaching preceptor positions including an adjunct professorship at Midwestern University. Most recently she practiced family medicine at Novant Health in High Point, N.C. as Chair of City Family Medicine.
Dr. Davis’ broad experience in several practice settings provides the basis for her passion to care for the “biopsychosocial entirety of a patient.”
“I am committed to partnering with patients to help them live their healthiest life,” she said.
Dr. Davis also has interest in medical teaching, population health, and advocating for equitable healthcare access for all people.
Dr. Fincher is a graduate of Erskine College, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC. She completed her residency at AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Anderson, SC. Dr. Fincher comes to us with extensive experience in Family Medicine with proficiencies in women’s health, lifestyle and nutritional medicine, sports medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatments.
Dr. Fincher’s passion for treating “everyone in the family at one location” set her apart during the search for a physician for Blue Ridge Health – Highlands Cashiers.
“I am excited to join this tight knit community and use my skills to treat everything from a sprained ankle to a mother-to-be,” she said.
Dr. Richard Ellin, Foundation Board member and leader in the physician recruitment process said both physicians make excellent additions to the BRH team.
“The combined interests and skills of both Dr. Davis and Dr. Fincher are what make them a great fit for our community,” said Dr. Ellin. “They both enjoy serving patients of all ages and backgrounds and Dr. Davis’ love for teaching aligns with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Rural Teaching Program associated with UNC Health Sciences, planned for this health center.”
The Foundation and Blue Ridge Health look forward to introducing both physicians to our community.
“We are fortunate that these delightful Drs. have chosen to re-locate to our Highlands-Cashiers plateau area and look forward to warmly welcoming them to our friendly mountain communities,” said Dr. Walter Clark, Foundation Chair.
About Blue Ridge Health – Highlands Cashiers
Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, together with generous donors, will provide initial funding and subsidies to establish Blue Ridge Health – Highlands Cashiers which will be operated by Blue Ridge Health, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit patient centered medical home delivering quality healthcare that is accessible and affordable for all.
Additionally, MAHEC will establish a Rural Teaching Practice working in concert with Blue Ridge Health. Recent medical school graduates who want to expand their knowledge of rural medicine will have a Rural Resident Rotation at the center along with current UNC School of Medicine students, WCU Nursing School Students and even local high school and middle school students who are interested in the healthcare field.
Located in the Jane Woodruff Clinic at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, two primary care physicians and support staff will offer a comprehensive continuum of health care services for all ages from infants to seniors, including healthy lifestyles and nutrition programs, screenings, treatments for acute illnesses and minor injuries, physical exams, women’s services, minor office procedures and chronic disease management …all under one roof. Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid will be accepted, and a sliding-fee scale will be available for eligible patients ensuring that all people are served regardless of ability to pay.
About Blue Ridge Health
Blue Ridge Health (BRH) is a nonprofit healthcare system that works closely with communities to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of our region with high-quality, comprehensive, and accessible healthcare services. With 33 locations throughout Western North Carolina, BRH offers primary care, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health and nutrition services that prioritize the patient care experience. For 57 years, BRH has served as the leader in community-focused healthcare, providing services to communities in Transylvania, Henderson, Rutherford, Buncombe, Polk, Jackson, Haywood and Swain Counties. If you would like more information about BRH, call 828.692.4289 or visit brchs.com.
About the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation
The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation was established on February 1, 2019 as a 501 (c) 3 public charity to improve the health and wellbeing of Highlands, Cashiers, and surrounding communities. Together with generous donors, the Foundation aims to make positive and lasting change supporting projects and programs that advance solutions and improvements in the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.
For information on how you can join the Foundation in Lifting health and well-being, together, please visit our website HERE.