For 16 years, Caron Warnsby had been practicing general surgery in Marshall, MI, about 100 miles west of Detroit. Then, in the spring of 2020, she was invited to consider a new opportunity at Nash UNC Health Care.
“I was approached about an exciting new opportunity with a team of great physicians,” she recounts. “Due to a growing need in the community for surgical care, they were assembling a new surgical practice right in Rocky Mount. It would mean relocating to North Carolina, but I was intrigued.”
Warnsby continued discussions with the team at Nash UNC Health Care and learned more about the new surgical practice that was in development.
“Nash Surgery would combine some of the best local surgeons, plus add two to three more,” said Warnsby. “It would be a huge resource for the community because it would mean that patients could have their surgeons nearby and could experience the entire surgical process right at home.”
Warnsby joined Nash Surgery in July. At the time, the team consisted of Drs. David Seaman and Doug Harrison, both long-standing general surgeons in the area. Soon after Warnsby joined, Drs. Veronica Zachry and Reece Alkire were also added to the team.
The new practice offers a range of surgical services to treat both emergent and non-emergent needs. In most cases, patients would receive pre-operative and post-operative care locally. While the practice is located in Rocky Mount, it will utilize the latest technology and surgical techniques due to its affiliation with UNC Health through the UNC Physicians Network.
“This is an exciting time for Nash UNC and for our community,” said L. Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care. “These physicians bring new skills and specialties to complement the expertise of our current medical staff, and expand the services we have to offer.”
By employing its own team of surgeons, Nash UNC Health Care is providing patients the opportunity to interact with their physician before and after their procedure, forming a valuable relationship.
“Our patients have expressed a desire to know their surgical team better,” said Isley. “By opening this practice and assembling a team of local surgeons, we can ensure that our patients receive top quality care from a local, familiar physician.”
Warnsby and her two children, Mira and Solomon, have settled in quickly to the area.
“Everyone here has been so welcoming,” said Warnsby. “It has made the transition so much easier for us all.”
Besides house and school-hunting, the family has found a unique way of exploring the Twin Counties.
“We’ve been exploring every park in the area, trying to find the best one. Right now, Hornbeam Park is our favorite,” said Warnsby. “It’s been a fun way to explore every part of Nash County and the surrounding areas.”