Health Department announces big change!

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Pediatric Services to begin in July

By Scott Lenhart, Director
Pamlico County Health Department

BAYBORO — It has been six months since I have taken the helm at Pamlico County Health Department, and I would like to update the community on the many advances we have accomplished since my arrival last November.

First of all, I would like to thank my staff, other Pamlico agencies, and the citizens who came forward to welcome my family and me into the community.


Partnerships are very important for the health and wellbeing of community, so that has been a primary focus since my arrival. As we interact with other agencies, we learn so much of what is being done, but maybe more importantly what is not being done and where the gaps in services exist. Such partnerships include Hope Clinic, Pamlico County Partnership for Children, Pamlico County Schools, Trillium Health Services, Pamlico County DSS, Salvation Army, and many more.

Several important events, which have occurred in the last six months include; the new Electronic Medical Record System, new signage, new equipment, complete audit of all programs and our clinic has had a ‘facelift’ (renovation and some repairs). Probably the most exciting is the expansion of services, immunizations, and pediatric services to begin in July.

Pamlico County Health Department welcomes pediatrician Dr. Michele Parish, who will begin seeing patients the 6th of July. She will be seeing patients two half-days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) to start out, and expand to two full days as our patient base begins to grow.

Dr. Parish was raised and educated in eastern North Carolina. She attended East Carolina University where she earned her BS and MS in Biology. She Graduated from ECU Medical School in 1987 and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte. After residency, she spent 25 years in private practice in the Charlotte region, primarily at Novant Matthews Children’s Clinic.

Pediatrics was always her calling, and she was especially pleased when her patients became adults and returned to see her with their children! She and her husband had always wanted to move back to eastern North Carolina, and in 2016 they decided the time had come. Dr. Parish lives in Oriental and enjoys sailing and cycling. She and her husband have two adult daughters, one in California and one in Alaska. Dr. Parish looks forward to treating the children and adolescents of Pamlico County!

Patient scheduling has already begun! Please call 252-745-5111 to make an appointment.