Mount Olive native gets $24,000 physician recruitment grant

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A physician’s recruitment grant from the Waylin Area Foundation has been awarded to Mount Olive native Meghan Slaughter Brown. The $24,000 grant is payable over the next four years to the new Mount Olive Family Medicine Center family nurse practitioner.

Ms. Brown began her new role at MOFC last October. She is the daughter of Bob and Cindy Slaughter of Mount Olive. She previously worked with WATCH, the mobile medical unit that serves residents of Wayne County.

The grant monies will be used to offset Ms. Brown’s graduate school loans.

“We are proud to be able to use these funds to assist Meghan in this way,” said Ernie Taylor, chair of the Waylin Area Foundation.

He said it is what the foundation’s physician recruitment program was designed to do — help young people come back home and practice medicine in their community.

The recruitment program started back in the ’90s and current MOFM Director Dr. Kevin Talton was the first recipient.

Recipients are required to work for one year in the community for each year they receive a Waylin scholarship.

Taylor said in the future the Waylin Area Foundation will use its physician recruitment funds to assist with travel assistance for prospective candidates and moving expenses for new hires as needed.

He said it addresses a specific need, because rural health centers can’t provide reimbursement for travel for candidates or moving expenses for new hires, and there are no state or federal resources available.

“This gives our local health centers an edge in recruiting new medical providers to the community,” Mr. Taylor said.

The Waylin Area Foundation was established by the Mount Olive Area of Commerce and has for years operated with focus on physician’s recruitment, education, crime prevention and the promotion of agriculture through the N.C. Pickle Festival.

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