GFHS Medical Director, Dr. Shirley Ocloo was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Provider by the  North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA).   Dr. Ocloo received the award at the  NCCHCA’s Summer conference on June 27th, and the presentation was made by President and CEO, Ben Money.

Pictured above is Dr. Ocloo and Ben Money

The NCCHCA Outstanding Provider Award recognizes a provider who has worked in a North Carolina Community Health Center for at least five years, for commitment, compassion and superior contributions embodying the Community Health Center mission.

The criteria for the award stipulate that the provider’s professional history must demonstrate:







We are very proud of this recognition.  Congratulations Dr. Ocloo!

In Partnership with Back to School Bash organizers, GFHS is working with community partners to provide a health fair again to this year’s event.

The event is open to Iredell County students K-12 (23 schools) on Saturday, August 03, 2019 from 8-2 at Statesville High School.

We are in need of volunteers, clinical and non-clinical.  If you are interested in volunteering for this important and worthy event, please SIGN UP HERE

 Facts about the Back to School Bash:







Gaston Family Health Services and its community partners are hosting a Back-To-School Splash into Wellness at Gaston County Health Department on Saturday, August 24th from 8:00 am-3:00 pm.

Children will receive health screenings, physicals, vaccines and education to help them have a healthy school year. Each child will also receive a backpack full of school supplies.

Clinical and Non-Clinical Volunteers are needed!!  If you are interested in volunteering your time for this amazing and worthy event, please  CLICK HERE to sign up.

Check out the Back To School Splash into Wellness Flyer for more information.


GFHS is proud to open the doors of GFHS Lincolnton Family Medicine  in Lincolnton, NC.  Formerly Helping Hands Health Center, the  Lincolnton practice has relocated to its new facility on the Lincoln County Health Department campus, at 212 Gamble Drive, Lincolnton.

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held January 23rd, 2019 and was attended by members of the GFHS Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and members of the community.

For more information about services offered at GFHS Lincolnton Family Medicine and its hours of operation, go to

We are pleased and honored to receive this important grant which will help GFHS in its mission to increase access and treatment for breast cancer.
For details of the press release, click here.

GFHS is proud to be the 2018 recipient of the Evelyn Schmidt Outstanding Service Award, in recognition of our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program.

In 2002, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) established the Dr. Evelyn Schmidt Outstanding Service Award. A pioneer in social and community medicine, Dr. Schmidt, affectionately known as “Evy,” was the first Executive Director/CEO of Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, NC, and served in that capacity for 40 years before retiring in 2011.

Each year, as a tribute to Dr. Schmidt, NCCHCA honors a community-oriented organization that has improved access to care through innovative, comprehensive approaches as evidenced by outreach efforts, preventive health and educational programs, quality and efficiency of care, and/or strong community support and involvement.


This award is open to NCCHCA Corporate Members (i.e., Community Health Centers) whose history demonstrates:

About GFHS’ Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program

The mission of the GFHS Medication Assisted Treatment program is to empower individuals and build self-efficacy to succeed in establishing and maintaining long-term recovery.

GFHS began its Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program on November 1, 2016. The GFHS MAT program works closely with community partners to extend opioid addiction treatment services to vulnerable populations, most notably pregnant women. This program seamlessly blends medication management and behavioral health care to treat opioid dependence for up to two years, while collaborating closely with obstetrics and/or primary care. With 84% of the GFHS MAT patient population, we have worked to create a robust program tailored toward pregnant women, providing individualized care personalized to their birthing experience, conducting monthly parenting groups, and coordinating with any other involved agencies such as CC4C and Child Protective Services.

Through its rich history of partnership with Gaston County Health Department (GCHD), GFHS can easily identify pregnant and parenting women, as well as HIV+/AIDS and Hepatitis C patients diagnosed by the Gaston County Health Department and GFHS, who need primary care, behavioral health, MAT and counseling services to overcome opioid addiction. Furthermore, one of GFHS’ clinic sites in Gaston County is co-located with GCHD’s Midwifery Clinic, serving Medicaid recipients with high-risk pregnancies, including over 60 opioid-dependent pregnancies per year. Therefore, the GFHS MAT program is uniquely positioned to serve those most in need through a program tailored to those specific circumstances. The GFHS MAT program has recently expanded to Catawba County working with the health department at Catawba Valley Maternity Services to serve their population of pregnant women dependent on opiates, as well, and is looking to expand to additional populations and service areas in the near future.

Pictured above, GFHS staff, left-right:  Veronica Feduniec, Lavondia Alexander, Donna Elliott, Emily Speece, Asana Blakeny, Reva Holland, Dr. Robert Forinash, Erin Myer, Robert Spencer, Erin Hultgren, John Stoy

GFHS celebrated Davidson Health Services/Davidson Medical Ministries’ official Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for its new location on Randolph St. in Thomasville.

Davidson Health Services’ primary medical care practice relocated from its former location on Forest Park Dr., to 611 Randolph St. in September.

Shown above from left to right:  Frank Everhart, PA-C, Kitsy Mathis,  Thomasville Councilman Scott Styers, and Sandy Motley  Davidson County’s electronic newspaper, writes about the event and the new location in its Nov 15 edition here.  For more information about Davidson Health Services – Thomasville, its services and hours of operation, click

GFHS is proud to open the doors of its newest practice:   GFHS Adult & Pediatric Medicine in Gastonia, NC.  The new practice, located at 2721 X-Ray Drive in Gastonia will provide primary medical and behavioral health services to adults and children in Gaston County.  The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held November 15th, 2017 and was attended by members of the Gaston Regional Chamber, the GFHS Board of Directors, staff and members of the community.  For more information about services offered at GFHS Adult & Pediatric Medicine and its hours of operation, go to

So many Statesville community members pay tribute to Dr. Ralph Bentley for the many lives he has touched during his long career.  Click here to read the full article in the 10/30/2017 edition of the Statesville Record & Landmark:

Ralph Bentley has touched the lives of thousands in Statesville and beyond

GFHS is proud to announce the  official opening of Gaston Complete Health at 2505 Court Dr., Gastonia NC

Gaston Complete Health is a collaboration of funding and services provided by Gaston Family Health Services, Monarch, Phoenix Counseling and Partners BHM to which goes beyond the scope of traditional care.

A collaboration and co-location  of Gaston Family Health Services, Phoenix Counseling Center, Monarch and Partners BHM, Gaston Complete Health offers high-quality medical and behavioral health services in one convenient location.  A medical provider, licensed behavioral health provider and support teams work together to provide well-rounded, high quality healthcare.


Medical * Behavioral * Social

At Gaston Complete Health,  in addition to receiving core primary and Behavioral Health  counseling care, patients requiring higher level substance abuse and/or behavioral health services have access to specialized care from Phoenix and Monarch, who are located at the same address.  On-site Peer Support Navigators work with patients to ensure that the right resources are available at the right time.

For more information including address, contact details and services offered, click

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