Dr. Chris Oxendine Named 2017 Rural Practitioner of Year by South Carolina Office of Rural Health


Chris Oxendine, MD, a Family Medicine physician at the Abbeville Area Healthcare Center, was presented with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) 2017 Rural Practitioner of the Year award on October 11th during SCORH’s 21st Annual Rural Health Conference in Greenville, SC. The Rural Practitioner of the Year award is presented to a rural primary health care provider whose service and community commitment has resulted in significant improvement of primary health care services.

Through Dr. Oxendine’s leadership, behavioral health has been seamlessly integrated within AAHC allowing its patients same day access to care. Dr. Oxendine’s leadership was also critical to AAHC’s designation as a Patient Centered Medical Home. He is the co-medical director for the Abbeville County Community Paramedic Program, and assisted with its implementation. This national model of innovative rural health care delivery was built through a partnership between the Abbeville County EMS, primary care providers and Abbeville Area Medical Center.

Outside of his duties with AAHC, Dr. Oxendine volunteers weekly at the United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County’s Free Clinic, where he serves as the medical director. He also promotes preventative healthcare through school and community events, local health fair presentations, and in partnership with Abbeville County’s industrial business sector. 

“Dr. Oxendine goes above and beyond to put his patients first, providing them with the best, most compassionate care possible,” stated Howard “Dean” Turner, AAMC CEO.  “His genuine commitment to those he serves and to doing what is best for our health system and our community has truly advanced the level of care we offer as an organization.”

Click on the link below to watch SCORH's video about Dr. Oxendine and his commitment to rural healthcare.


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