GHS Partners with Duke University School of Medicine to Train Physicians


Oxford, NC (February 14, 2017) – GHS recently announced a new partnership with the Duke University School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program. The program will bring family medicine residents to Granville Health System for education and training within a rural community hospital rotation. The program director, Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP, specifically wants to provide the family medicine residents exposure to working in a rural environment. Granville Health System was identified as a perfect match given the quality of care the System and medical staff provides. Martinez-Bianchi was impressed by the progressive and comprehensive care of the medical staff and their willingness to work with and mentor young physicians.


The family medicine residents working at Granville Health System are in training at Duke University School of Medicine to become specialists in family medicine. They bring a strong focus on quality, population health and innovations in health care delivery.


“Granville Health System is pleased to work in partnership with the Duke University School of Medicine to offer this unique experience to young physicians,” said Cristina R. Carroll, GHS Chief Operating Officer. “As is the case throughout the United States, the primary care physician need remains strong in Granville County. We believe the exposure to rural health care will give young physicians an opportunity to experience the reward of working in a small community. Granville Health System’s commitment to quality and comprehensive care offers great value to these residents, and Granville has been successful in recruiting strong physicians who understand and demonstrate an understanding of what it takes to provide quality care.”


The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that 20 percent of the US population resides in rural areas, but only 10 percent of physicians practice medicine in these areas. Martinez-Bianchi wants to change this and regards Granville Health System as an excellent partner in helping expose residents to a wide range of levels of care while being mentored by highly experienced, quality physicians.


Martinez-Bianchi identified Granville Health System as a unique setting for the program because residents will get the opportunity to interact with medical staff from a number of service areas including adult medicine, critical care, OB/GYN, and pediatrics; all within a community setting.


Dr. Martinez-Bianchi wants her residents to experience the challenges and rewards associated with practicing community medicine while being mentored by seasoned physicians with proven success in a rural care environment.


The Duke Family Medicine Residency Program’s Chief Resident Tiffany Covas, MD, MPH is the first resident working with Granville Health System providers as they deliver care to in-patients at Granville Medical Center. Dr. Covas graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She began her training at GHS in February where she serves as a house physician providing traditional family medicine care throughout the entire continuum.


“I am very excited about the opportunity to work in a rural area providing a broad spectrum of quality family medicine,” said Dr. Covas. “Our experience at Granville Medical Center will certainly enhance our residents’ overall training and give us the opportunity to see traditional family medicine in action.” Covas will be seeing patients throughout the hospital to include inpatient adult and pediatric, labor and delivery, newborn nursery, and intensive care unit.


GHS has previously worked with larger tertiary care facilities in providing access to outpatient clinical training for young physicians seeking exposure to the rural care setting. Dr. Elizabeth Baltaro of Granville Primary Care, Butner-Creedmoor is another shining example of how partnerships developed by the Health System increase access to care for members of the community. Baltaro has recently been recognized by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for her work as a preceptor with medical students at the UNC School of Medicine.


“Granville Health System is pleased to partner with other institutions in the area and the addition of a program for inpatient medicine provides Granville, the community and residents with added value in the delivery of care throughout our Health System,” said Carroll. “It is a reflection of our commitment to improving health outcomes in our community through better access to quality health care.”


About Granville Health System

For more than 96 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home.  To meet the growing needs of its community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its citizens work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country four years running. GHS has also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at



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