Family Medicine Residency

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About Hugh Chatham Health

Nestled in the western piedmont of North Carolina in Elkin, Hugh Chatham Health is a private not-for-profit community healthcare system with a network of physician clinics and an 81-bed acute care hospital. Hugh Chatham employs more than 1,100 team members and 70 providers at 27 locations, representing a variety of specialties and subspecialties. Hugh Chatham Health has provided high-quality medical care to residents of North Carolina for over 93 years and has been nationally recognized for patient satisfaction, patient safety and clinical quality.

The Hugh Chatham Health Family Medicine Residency Program was developed with the intent of increasing access to quality healthcare in rural North Carolina. The program’s mission is to develop service driven family medicine providers who have the knowledge and capability to provide exceptional care to individuals in rural communities. Beginning in 2025, the program will admit four residents per year, for a total of twelve residents throughout the three year program.

Program Information

Our Vision is to improve the health of our patients, their families, and our communities by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of physicians who practice patient focused, evidenced based medicine.

The full spectrum program includes rotations in pediatrics, obstetrics, inpatient and outpatient family medicine, public health and population health. Family physicians on staff deliver babies, practice inpatient medicine, manage outpatient primary care and provide long term care at local nursing facilities. Select specialist opportunities available with the majority of training occurring within our rural, independent healthcare system.

Our sponsoring academic institution, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), provides didactic and organizational support to enhance resident experience.

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

About the Area


  • Public (Top 10% in the state, highest graduation rate in the state)
  • Elkin City Schools has earned the NC School of Distinction status from 2001-present
  • 15 miles to Surry Community College


  • Country club with 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, restaurant and banquet facilities
  • Town of Elkin Recreation and Parks Department with walking trails, mountain bike trails, lighted tennis courts, swimming pool, walking track, fitness classes, exercise room, basketball gym, pickleball courts and climbing wall
  • Stone Mountain State Park/Blue Ridge Parkway/Blowing Rock
  • Skiing in Boone and Blowing Rock
  • Water activities on the Yadkin River, Kerr Scott Lake and Lake Norman
  • Winston-Salem and Charlotte nearby for shopping and restaurants
  • Community theatre
  • Wine country with 45 local wineries
  • Hiking, fishing, camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 15 minutes away
Block Schedule

Family Medicine Residency Block Schedule

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Program Leadership

Mary F. Blackburn, RN, MSN, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer/Vice President for Care Innovation


Mary Blackburn brings more than 30 years of healthcare management experience to her roles as Chief Operating Officer at Hugh Chatham Health in Elkin, NC. HCH is an independent, 81 bed hospital with 26 physician practices and a large home health agency. Since joining HCH in 2007, she has held several positions, including Chief Practice Officer, VP for Growth and Market Development, Chief Clinical Officer and Acting CEO.

Mary has been at the forefront of HCH’s focus on sustainability through innovation, responsible for clinical services, provider recruitment, regulatory compliance and risk management, and strategic planning initiatives focused on growth and care transformation. This has included population health strategies such as partnering for care with local employers, establishing new access points for unscheduled care, and joining a multi-state accountable care organization.  HCH has forged various shared-services and programmatic partnerships including a joint venture with a tertiary partner to own and operate a critical access hospital.

A respected thinker and influencer in the field, Mary serves on numerous boards and currently is the board chair for the CHESS Value ACO and for the Strategic Partners Board of the North Carolina Healthcare Association.

Mary has extensive experience as a licensed emergency nurse.  As a U.S. Army Captain, she held leadership and clinical instructor roles at Fort Sam Houston, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.  Mary is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University.  When not working, Mary is an avid reader, she is active in the community, and enjoys time with her husband and five children.

Mary-Emma H. Beres, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Mary-Emma Beres, Program Director

Program Director, Family Medicine Residency/Medical Director of Primary Care

Mary-Emma Beres is the Medical Director of Primary Care at Hugh Chatham Health and the founding Program Director of the Hugh Chatham Health Family Medicine Residency Program. Originally planning on pursuing a Med/Peds and Hem/Onc career upon entering medical school at the University of North Carolina, Mary-Emma followed her heart partway through the residency application season and transitioned to family medicine. The stories of families, coupled with the “womb to tomb” philosophy of care and the opportunity to serve underserved communities, solidified her passion for family medicine.

Mary-Emma completed her residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Family and Community Medicine. Her continuity clinic was based in an urban community health center serving the Latinx and Tohono O’odham communities. She further honed her skills and cultural understanding by electing to study Spanish in Guatemala, fostering a deep appreciation for the Spanish language and Central American culture.

Post-residency, Mary-Emma pursued a surgical obstetrics fellowship at the University of Rochester, after which she practiced in Health Provider Shortage Areas in Southwestern Virginia and Northwestern North Carolina. In this capacity, she founded the Farmworker Health Program in Alleghany and Ashe County, NC, where she provided evening clinics and vaccines to some of the hardest working individuals she had ever encountered.

Throughout her career, Mary-Emma has been dedicated to full spectrum family medicine, including inpatient care, hospitalist medicine in a Critical Care Access Hospital, nursing home care, and home visits in Independence, VA. In addition to her medical practice, she found time to coach soccer, play music, and raise three children with her husband.

Joining Hugh Chatham Health in 2017, Mary-Emma has contributed significantly to Medical Informatics, Electronic Health Record improvement and selection, adult vaccine standards of care, adolescent care, child/adolescent psychiatric care, and the education of healthcare professionals. She remains deeply committed to providing comprehensive care to families spanning multiple generations, to immigrant families, and to anyone seeking care, embodying the ethos of “whatever comes through the door.”

Patrick Stevens, DO

Dr. Patrick Stevens, Assistant Director

Assistant Program Director, Family Medicine Residency

Patrick Stevens, DO is a family medicine physician at Hugh Chatham Health –  Family Medicine in Jonesville in the heart of rural North Carolina.

At the heart of his practice is the belief that every individual deserves open and affirming healthcare. To him, this doesn’t just mean treating patients without judgment but truly celebrating the diverse tapestry of who they are. Medicine is more than just a science—it’s an art, and he endeavors to weave both into every patient encounter.

Patrick has a special passion for providing care to underserved communities, and he hasdedicated a significant portion of his practice to obesity treatment and gender affirming care. His commitment to these communities stems from an intrinsic belief that every individual, irrespective of their background, deserves quality and compassionate care.

However, Patrick’s love for medicine isn’t just about addressing ailments—it’s about truly connecting with his patients. From newborns to the elderly, he holds a genuine interest in understanding his patients’ stories and figuring out how he can make a transformative difference in their lives.

Patrick holds the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed family medicine residency at Spectrum Health Lakeland in southwestern Michigan and is board certified in Family Medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

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