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About Cape Fear Clinic

Cape Fear Clinic is a charitable clinic with on site medical, pharmacy, and mental health services. We serve adults in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, and Columbus Counties who are uninsured and have incomes of no more than 300% of Federal Poverty Guidelines or have Medicaid.  Our general business hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.  All clinical services are provided by appointment only.  

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Cape Fear Clinic actively seeks foundation support, grants, and individual donations to support the work we do. We have a small, dedicated staff of medical, mental health, pharmacy, and support professionals who strive to provide the best possible care to our patients, supported by our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly assisting our operations.

 Your support, whether as a volunteer, donor, or both – makes us a stronger organization, working for a stronger, healthier community.

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The Cape Fear Clinic was founded in 1991 through the efforts of three physicians – members of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington – who realized many poor people in southeastern North Carolina had little or no access to medical care for chronic conditions. 

Doctors Mary O’Brien, Angelina Knox, and Victor Nava, assisted by Sister Isaac Koenig, established the clinic to provide that care. Originally seeing patients on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday evenings, we served approximately 20 people per week. Our patients were those who neither had health insurance nor qualified for government health assistance. Because of their financial situation, they were not asked to pay for their care. 

The new clinic attracted many patients and grew rapidly. It soon found a home near the church in the basement of the old landmark Tileston School building and became known as the Tileston Health Clinic. As our patient load and mandate grew, we at the clinic needed a larger space than the space afforded in the school’s basement.

In 2007, the clinic relocated to a three building campus near New Hanover Regional Medical Center through the generous donation of a Wilmington family.

In August 2011, Tileston Health Clinic became Cape Fear Clinic (CFC) to better represent the community we currently serve. Our patients, whose incomes are less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines, reside in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, and Columbus counties. We provide care for acute and chronic conditions to those who otherwise would receive inadequate medical care or no health care at all.

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