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Carriston Hendricks and the staff at Priority Family Healthcare hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday which culminated in the realization of a long-time dream.
The ribbon cutting was sponsored by the Shelby County Area Chamber of Commerce and the chamber's ambassadors
“Your health is our priority,” said Hendricks, FNP-C (Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and proprietor. She said that phrase “Your Health is Our Priority” also serves as a motto and guiding principle for Priority Family Healthcare, which opened on July 13.
Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Chairwoman Stephanie Elswick provided opening comments at the ribbon cutting.
“We just want to welcome Carriston and her practice to our community,” she said. Elswick said she came across a quote which, after meeting and getting to know Hendricks, aptly applied to the motivation behind the founding of Priority Family Healthcare.
"Never start a business just to make money; start a business to make a difference," Elswick said. continued, "After getting to know Carriston, that is definitely why she is in this business."
The clinic is located at 1743 Southview Circle in a building which has been completely renovated and redecorated. Hendricks said she was impressed with the show of support at the grand opening and since the facility opened.
"Thank you so much for everyone coming,” she said. “I see lots of familiar faces and a few that I think I will get to know.”
Hendricks said getting to Monday's event represented months of contemplating making the decision to venture out on her own as an entrepneurer. And then planning, preparing paperwork, staffing, preparing the building and much more.
“It's not anything that was definitely a quick jump into, but with my husband (Luke) by my side and definitely lots of family and friends, we were able to accomplish a huge dream that I've had for many years,” she told the crowd.
Priority Healthcare was founded on the philosophy of service to the community, Hendricks said.
“And definitely my most important aspect is to be here to be able to serve Shelby County,” she said. “So thank you very much, thank you to my wonderful staff and friends for everything and for being here for me. This really means the world to me."
After the ceremony, she reflected on the outpouring of support and offered thanks to all who helped her get to this point.
“Trying to find the words to express how today felt is hard,” Hendricks said. “There were so many emotions...”
In addition to meeting a variety of health care needs, the location is offering an introductory sports physical special from 8 a.m. Until 2 p.m., this Saturday, Aug. 1, for a low cost of $20, cash only. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are also being taken by calling (936) 590-4708.
Hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Fridays.
Telemedicine visits are available at anytime during or after-hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 936-590-4708. Phones are answered 24/7.
For photo gallery from Monday's grand opening ribbon cutting, please click: https://lightandchampion.smugmug.com/Priority-Family-Healthcare-hosts-Chamber-ribbon-cutting/