Officials with Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and Robeson Health Care Corporation (RHCC) met on Tuesday, May 22 on the grounds of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Medical Clinic to announce a partnership to provide health care services at the facility, which was closed following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 because of extensive flooding and storm damage.
The announcement included a new name for the facility, the Dr. A.J. Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center.
SeHealth announced in November 2017 that funding had been secured to restore the facility, which is located at 800 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in south Lumberton. Through this new partnership announced today, once all restoration has been completed, RHCC will lease the facility from SeHealth in order to provide health care services to the community to include primary health care coupled with on-site behavioral health care.
“SeHealth and RHCC have worked together on a number of successful collaborations over the years and it is our mutual goal that health care be available and convenient for this part of our community,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson.
RHCC President and CEO Tim Hall said, “RHCC is pleased to continue our collaborative relationship with SeHealth. Both RHCC and SeHealth are committed to making quality healthcare available in Robeson County. It is our pleasure to join forces to once again provide primary health care and add much needed behavioral health services for the residents in this community.”
According to SeHealth Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Strategy Officer David Sumner, approval to restore the facility and cooperation from a number of agencies, including the City of Lumberton and FEMA, was granted after 12 months of thorough analysis and review. SeHealth’s Board of Trustees has endorsed the restoration project as well as the RHCC partnership and is fully committed to continuing the legacy of Dr. Robinson, who practiced family medicine in the south Lumberton area from 1951 until his retirement in 1986 and for whom the clinic was named. The more than 6,000-square-foot facility opened in October 2000 and included a 1,000-square-foot dental office.
Throughout the restoration project, SeHealth is fulfilling all applicable rules and regulations as dictated by FEMA. It is projected that RHCC will move into the facility in early 2019.