The American Health Council is proud to appoint Ann Potter to its Nursing Board. Potter has garnered a wealth of experience during her 44 years of health care experience, launching her career in a military hospital during the Korean War and currently sharing her expertise as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the HealthReach Community Clinic and Novant Health‘s Family Practice, both in North Carolina. She’s lent her skillset as a nurse to a variety of organizations over the past 4 decades but always roots her work in her passion for providing quality care to patients and their families.
Potter first felt the call to pursue a career in nursing while living in Korea, where he father worked in the U.S. Embassy. She took time off as a college student to work at an army hospital and fell in love with the profession, continuing her service and earning the rank of Captain while serving in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, she was recruited by the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and has since continued to focus her work on serving medically underserved areas.
Her efforts have earned her recognition at every stage of her career. Potter was one of the first graduates to complete the Nurse Practitioner course in 1977 at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. In 1997, she was selected as one of North Carolina’s Nurses of Excellence by the North Carolina Center for Nursing.
After dedicating more than 40 years of her life to caring for others, Potter sees no reason to halt her efforts to provide quality health care. She sees approximately 12 to 15 patients daily, often treating uninsured or underinsured individuals to ensure they don’t go without the care they need. She currently lends her expertise as a primary care provider to the HealthReach Community Clinic and the Float Pool at Novant Health’s Family Practice. For the next 5 years, Potter anticipates she will continue to advocate for the medically underserved, including a passion for coming to the aide of female veterans of all ages.
Among Potter’s proudest personal achievements is her family, including her husband Dale, a nurse anesthetist, and two children, Molly and Colin. She is proud of her daughter for her service in the US Air Force and her son’s work as a critical care flight nurse. In her spare time, Potter enjoys spinning fiber, knitting, and traveling. She has been to all the continents, including Antarctica and the Artic.
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Family Nurse Practitioner at HealthReach Community Clinic
- HealthReach Community Clinic is a volunteer-driven, community-based, non-profit clinic that provides free health care coverage to adult residents of Iredell County in North Carolina. Patients must be at least 18 and under 65 years of age, have a combined household income of less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and have either no health insurance or only $5,000 catastrophic insurance or higher.
- Medical services include non-emergency acute medical care, care of chronic diseases, and limited specialty care. Additionally, the HealthReach Community Clinic pharmacy provides free non-narcotic prescriptions to registered patients in need. Other services include health and wellness education and chiropractic care.
Family Nurse Practitioner for the Float Pool at Novant Health’s Family Clinic
- Novant Health is a non-profit integrated system of 15 medical centers and 1,514 physicians in 529 locations, as well as numerous outpatient surgery centers, medical plazas, rehabilitation programs, diagnostic imaging centers and community health outreach programs.
- Novant Health’s over 25,000 team members and physician partners care for patients and communities in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.