Archive: Rural Health Care in North Carolina

  • A steep road to care

    ROBBINSVILLE — David Lee Satterfield is a big man stuffed into blue, bibbed overalls. He’s wearing a well-worn orange baseball cap, and a thatch of impressive white whiskers flow around his weathered face. When he shakes your hand the powerful grip and leathered skin are evidence of a life hard…

  • The great divide: Challenges facing rural health care delivery in N.C.

    ROBBINSVILLE — Chantilly Welch remembers zig-zagging along the ribbon of two-lane highway to drive her sick baby to a doctor.  She was a dot moving amid sprawling forests and mountains, on one of tens of thousands of outgoing health-related trips residents make annually from medically underserved Graham County. Another…