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February 13, 2012

A change was in the air

TARBORO — A change was in the air Friday morning on Clinic Drive on Tarboro’s northern edge, as new signage signaled a change in name and leadership for Tarboro Clinic.

After decades of independence as Tarboro Clinic, it is now Vidant Multispecialty Clinic Tarboro.

Founded 82 years ago, on Jan. 1, 1928, the vision of Drs. Thigpen, S.N. Harrell, Greene, and Grover Raby was to provide the best and most broad-based health care possible to the residents of Tarboro. It was the oldest multispecialty group in North Carolina and had18 full-time and two part-time providers at the time of the transition. The clinic offers family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary, general surgery and immediate care.

“Our patients will be coming to the same location and seeing the same providers and staff they are used to seeing,” said Dr. Karen Coward, medical director of the clinic. “By joining forces with Vidant Health, it ensures that will be the case now and in the future. Being committed to finding a consistent and effective way to offer and deliver quality health care to everyone is a challenge that could not have been conceptualized decades ago, but now is possible with a systems approach led by Vidant Health.”

Tarboro Clinic was first located in the Harrell Building in downtown Tarboro. Outgrowing this space, the practice moved into a wing of Edgecombe General Hospital in Tarboro. In December of 1951, a building was constructed for the group practice directly behind the old hospital on the corner of St. Patrick and Pitt Streets.

In 1979, with the growing number of patients being seen by Tarboro Clinic, the clinic completed an addition with an added 18,000 square feet of floor space along with renovation and modernization of the entire facility. In 2001, an additional 8,000 square feet were added in order to better serve the community.

Through the years, medical care has become more specialized and the physicians at the Tarboro Clinic have attempted to bring to the community those medical specialties and to enhance the quality of medical care.

With a staff of 92 employees, the clinic offers a full-service lab, imaging services, a sleep lab and a freestanding endoscopy center. Additional services include pulmonary function testing, bone density tests, EKGs, exercise stress tests, echocardiography, Lexiscan and Dobutamine Cardiolite tests, and multi-gated acquisition scans.

The clinic is located at 101 Clinic Drive. Main office hours are Monday-Friday 8-5, immediate care evening hours are Monday-Friday 5-7 p.m. and immediate care weekend hours are Saturday from 8:30-5 and Sunday from 1-5.

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