JEFFERSON —Ashe Memorial Hospital recently welcomed Dr. Dale Hamrick to their medical team.
At the Ashe County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, June 1, Hamrick came before the board to introduce himself and reveal the services his practice at Ashe Memorial Hospital has to offer.
Hamrick specializes in internal medicine and geriatrics, and officially opened his practice on Monday, March 16 after moving to the area from Columbia, S.C.
Geriatrics is a branch of medicine focusing on elderly health care and the practice of preventing and treating diseases and disabilities of older adults.
Hamrick’s practice is located at the Mountain Family Care Center, but he said at the meeting he wanted to clarify that his practice is not part of the urgent care center also located in the same building.
Although he lived in Columbia for many years, Hamrick is a North Carolina native. He grew up in Shelby and now currently resides in Blowing Rock.
Hamrick said that while his heart is in Ashe County, he chose to live in Blowing Rock to be close to his daughter, grandchildren and 93-year-old father.
Hamrick earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Richland Memorial Hospital, and William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital at USC. He also completed a fellowship in clinical geriatric medicine at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
“I want to take care of people like the lady in Columbia I left behind who will be 106 this summer and is doing quite well,” Hamrick said. “I would like to also do community education, such as things like elder abuse.”
According to Hamrick, he is already working with local assisted living facilities, hospice workers and social workers to help keep people out of the hospital and emergency room.
“We want to keep people as healthy as possible,” Hamrick said.
Hamrick said he often treats patients with dementia and recently took a course on the condition in Boston last week.
He also treats patients with Parkinson’s.
According to Hamrick, neurologists typically treat patients with Parkinson’s but his mother’s own battle with the disease led him to take extra training.
“My mother had Parkinson’s,” Hamrick said. “I saw it from the day of diagnosis until the day she died from complications, so I have taken extra training in that.”
Hamrick’s office is now accepting patients at his location at the Mountain Family Care Center at 200 Hospital Avenue in Jefferson.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 336-846-6322.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-6322 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.