From inception, GFHS has worked to offer the broadest set of services to address patient needs and eliminate health status disparities. Staff and management recognize that in caring for our target population, GFHS must also address the higher health risks that arise from low incomes, lower literacy skills, higher rates of mental illness and substance abuse, and the lack of resources for housing, good nutrition, transportation, and family support. It is not enough to provide a primary care clinic to address health needs without considering the additional need for education, prevention, and support services. In developing special support programs, GFHS has demonstrated its commitment to addressing these disparities.
Diabetes Disease Management
Diabetes is the most common chronic disease at GFHS, affecting almost 20% of medical patients. The Gaston Diabetes Center, operating since 1999, provides a comprehensive American Diabetes Association recognized diabetes management and education program for any patient in need. The Center offers organized classes in English and Spanish as well as one-on-one counseling for diabetes and nutrition. In Gaston County, uninsured patients receive ophthalmological screenings for diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases and can access services in our on-site podiatry clinic.
Dysplasia Specialty Care
Cervical Dysplasia is an abnormal change to the cells on the surface of the cervix, typically caused by HPV (Human papillomavirus) and is often detected by an abnormal Pap smear. If left untreated, dysplasia can become cancerous. The GFHS Dysplasia Specialty Clinic diagnoses and manages any abnormal changes to the cervix, providing a full range of screening and treatment options, including colposcopy and LEEPs.
GFHS provides podiatric services to uninsured eligible GFHS patients. Services are provided by volunteer podiatrists at our GFHS – Hudson location.
The GFHS Vision center, located at Gaston Family Medical Center, is open to uninsured eligible patients, providing complete eye examinations and eye glasses at a discounted rate. By appointment only. For more information, call 704 874 1951.