Lake City physician recognized as community star
LAKE CITY, S.C. – Lake City Physician Dr. Morris E. Brown III was recognized Thursday morning by the South Carolina Office of Rural Health as a 2018 National Rural Health Day Community Star.
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health leads National Rural Health Day each year on the third Thursday in November. The day is one of recognition for those who serve the health needs of people living in rural communities.
This the first year the organization recognized a Community Star in South Carolina.
Brown has led Lake City Family Medicine for the past 24 years. The primary care practice provides a variety of health and wellness services and also is open after hours on weekdays as an urgent care center.
Originally from Virginia, Brown said after becoming a physician, he knew he wanted to go where there was the greatest need. The patients he serves at Lake City Family Medicine are some of the best people, Brown said.
“Even though we have our challenges, they’re very resourceful,” Brown said. “And it’s just a privilege serving them and becoming a part of the community.”
Brown said it was an honor to be recognized as a 2018 National Rural Health Day Community Star.
“I’m just thankful to be here and to be able to serve this community and the people in this community,” Brown said. “They’re great people.”
The South Carolina Office of Rural Health held a special program Thursday at The Bean Market in Lake City where Brown was honored.
“I told the mayor, I work here, I worship here, I’m probably going to die here. But I’m going to die happy,” Brown said. “But it’s a good place to be. I can’t find a better place to be than Lake City, South Carolina.”
South Carolina Office of Rural Health chief executive officer Graham Adams said National Rural Health Day is important because it is an opportunity for the organization to acknowledge the positive things happening in rural communities.
“So often, folks focus on the negative things and the things that need to be improved, and that’s important, because we need to see that improvement,” Adams said. “But, taking a day to really acknowledge all those wonderful things and the progress that’s being made in rural (communities) and the folks that do that work every day, is really important.”
Adams said the South Carolina Office of Rural Health was thrilled to spotlight Brown.
“Dr. Brown is a local physician,” Adams said. “He serves underserved folks and just epitomizes what it means to be a community star and really is just the best and brightest among our rural physicians.”