Open House held at Clingman Medical


Ronda, NC – November 16, 2021 – Clingman Medical Center & Express Care in Ronda held an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 11. Paul Hammes, CEO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, opened the event with some remarks on the history of the practice and the impact it has made not only on the Wilkes County, but also on neighboring counties, Surry, Yadkin and Alexander. Notable attendees included State Senator Shirley Randleman and most of the Clingman Board of Directors.

Other speakers at the event included Dr. Mary-Emma Beres, Hugh Chatham’s Medical Director of Primary Care, Wanda Hincher, Clingman Medical Center Board Chair and Dr. Alexander Snyder, a veteran and physician at Clingman.

In June of this year, the center announced it would provide greater access to quality healthcare within the community by extending hours and accepting walk-in appointments. Clingman Medical Center & Express Care, formerly Clingman Medical Center, is now open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 6:30p.m., providing exceptional care to Surry, Wilkes, and surrounding counties with four experienced providers: Dr. Alexander Snyder, Dr. Frederick Vorwald, Kendra Watts, FNP-C and Candi Branch, FNP-C.

Hugh Chatham’s Director of Primary Care Operations, Brandi Poplin, RN-BSN, said “We are excited to be able to offer extended hours to serve Clingman and surrounding areas. The support of the Clingman Medical Center board and community have been key factors in the success of the practice. We look forward to continued growth and creating access to quality health care in Wilkes County.”

To schedule an appointment, call 336-984-3003, visit, or access the walk-in clinic at 3369 Clingman Road, Ronda, NC 28670.

-Elkin Tribune Staff Reporter


Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital ( is a not-for-profit community health care network of physician clinics and an 81-bed acute care hospital that delivers high quality, convenient health care to residents of the Yadkin Valley and Foothills region of North Carolina and parts of southwestern Virginia. Employing more than 1,000 team members, Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 60 providers across 24 locations and six counties. Headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina, Hugh Chatham is a leader in using technology to coordinate care for patients and to make healthcare more accessible, and cost-effective.