Community Practitioner Program: 20 Years and Growing!

More than a hundred physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, supporters and partnership representatives turned out for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Community Practitioner Program (CPP) in Raleigh on October 31, 2009. The celebration comes as the NCMS Foundation looks to the future to build and expand the highly successful CPP, which already is addressing many of the concerns and needs targeted by the federal stimulus program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The CPP works to provide access to quality health care to economically distressed and medically underserved communities in NC.

Richard F. Bruch, MD, President of the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees, which oversees the CPP, served as emcee. Mott Blair, MD, the first CPP participant, shared stories about life as a country doctor in Wallace, NC.

Presented Awards of Appreciation for their contributions to the CPP were:

E. Harvey Estes, Jr., MD, Trustee and Founder

E. Ray Cope, Past President, and John H. Frank, Director, Health Care Division, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, which provided a $4.5 million grant to start the CPP in 1989

Torlen “Tork” Wade, Executive Director of NC Community Care, NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs, and representing long-time CPP partner, the NC Office of Rural Health and Community Care

Receiving Special Recognition for their support of the CPP were:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, which gave a $10 million grant in 2009 to help establish an endowment fund to continue and expand the CPP, represented by CEO Robert J. Greczyn, Jr.

Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation, which gave $275,000 as part of the capital campaign for the CPP, represented by Program Officer Terry Bryant Adou-Dy

Medical Mutual Insurance Company, which gave $1 million for the capital campaign, represented by CEO A. Dale Jenkins

Read more about the CPP by clicking here to see the booklet, Celebrating 20 Years of Connecting Practitioners with Communities (PDF).

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