Buncombe County celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12, honoring contributions and hard work that nurses around the country do to ensure the health of the community. The County’s Clinical Services department provides a variety of services to residents including breast and cervical cancer control, STI testing and treatment, reproductive health, immunizations, and tuberculosis testing.
Additionally, there are several nursing departments in Buncombe County government that provide much-needed aid to residents and employees and their families. These departments include Communicable Disease, Employee and Family Health, Mobile Team, and NFP and Care Coordination nurses.
To recognize the County’s nurses, we are highlighting the important work that each department does as well as sharing notes from department supervisors about their program’s accomplishments.
Services: The County’s Clinical Services department provides a variety of services to residents including breast and cervical cancer control, STI testing and treatment, reproductive health, immunizations, and tuberculosis testing. Appointments are low-cost, confidential, and are available to men, women, transgender, and non-binary individuals.
Location: 40 Coxe Avenue, Asheville N.C. 28801
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (walk-in hours available for immunization and TB testing)
Supervisors: Hayley McPeters and Caroline Michell
There are also several programs in Clinical Services:
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program: eligible patients receive free chest and cervical exams, pap smears and HPV testing, and mammograms.
- WISEWOMAN: provides testing for cholesterol level, blood pressure, and fasting blood sugar levels; counseling, education, and skills to improve cardiovascular health; and opportunities to improve diet, physical activity, and other habits.
Supervisors Hayley and Caroline share that nurses in clinical services also make referrals to external partners in the community to address healthcare and social needs.
Over the last three years, the nurses in Clinical Services have navigated the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the mpox outbreak all while continuing the clinic’s standard services.
“Even with the challenges of keeping up with ever-changing recommendations, nurses in clinical services continued to show up each and every day to support their team and to deliver excellent care to the clients we serve,” they say.
Buncombe County Clinical nurses help create an atmosphere that is welcoming and inclusive with the goal of providing effective health education and care to the community.