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New general surgery practice to open in Rocky Mount

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ROCKY MOUNT — Nash UNC Health Care is partnering with the Boice-Willis Clinic and Nash Surgical Associates to open a new, combined general surgery practice in Rocky Mount. 

The new practice, called Nash Surgery, will open June 30 and will be located in the medical office building on the Nash UNC Health Care campus.

Dr. David Seaman of Nash Surgical Associates will serve as the practice’s medical director. Seaman has been practicing in the Rocky Mount community for more than 15 years. He will be joined by Dr. Douglas Harrison of the Boice-Willis Clinic, who has been practicing locally for 29 years.

“The opening of this practice is a clear sign of our commitment to the community,” Seaman said. “For our patients, it means greater access to their surgical team and the convenience of having their treatment in one central location.”

Drs. Seaman and Harrison will be joined by three additional surgeons later this year. Dr. Caron Warnsby, who is relocating from Michigan, will join the practice in July. Dr. Veronica Zachry, a general surgeon completing her residency at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this summer, will join the practice in August. A fifth surgeon is being actively recruited.

By employing its own team of surgeons, Nash UNC Health Care says it’s providing patients the opportunity to interact with their physician before and after their procedure, forming a valuable relationship. 

“Our patients have expressed a desire to know their surgical team better,” said L. Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care. “By opening this practice and assembling a team of local surgeons, we can ensure that our patients receive top-quality care from a local, familiar physician.”

The hospital currently retains a team of surgicalists, general surgeons dedicated to providing urgent and emergent surgical care in the hospital. They do not provide consultations or outpatient clinics. Under the new program, the community’s surgeons will live and work in the community, allowing patients more access to their providers.

The practice will be managed by UNC Physicians Network, which currently supports more than 90 primary and specialty care clinics in the eastern half of the state. In its management role, UNCPN will provide operational support to the practice. 

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