Thanks to a $1.5 million award presented by The Golden LEAF Foundation, Pender County is getting a boost to rural medicine.

The funding will allow Novant Health Pender Medical Center and Black River Health Services in Burgaw to expand access to care through a new rural physician training program.

The vision for the program (established roughly two years ago between Black River Health Services, UNC School of Medicine, Novant Health and Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center) is to offer the best opportunity to leverage skills, scale and resources to achieve and maintain accreditation for a sustainable track that trains future family physicians with a passion for rural medicine.

The first trainees are slated to begin the program in July 2024.

Learn more about the program here.