HARTSVILLE – CareSouth Carolina welcomes Vicky F. Craig, FNP-C, PgD, as the newest provider at the Hartsville main office.
Craig, the 10th provider to join the Hartsville main office team, knew well before she started in healthcare that she wanted to be a caregiver.
“God directs me in all that I do and I knew that my place was to be a provider,” Craig said.
Craig began a career in sales before deciding to return to school to follow her passion. During this time, she underwent two neck surgeries and then a major nine-hour surgery that resulted in the total reconstruction of the neck.
“My family- my son and husband- as well as other family members were my biggest supporters,” Craig said. “There were sleepless nights, frustrations and more, but at the end of the day, they always let me know they were there and that they were behind me.”
Craig finished her undergrad at the University of South Carolina Lancaster and was awarded the Francine Manion Award, which is given to a nursing student whom fellow classmates consider to be successful in the classroom, the clinical area and most important, in their relationships with other nursing students.
“I was the next to oldest in the class. All the students and instructors called me ‘mama’ during that time,” Craig said.
She completed her Masters of Education at Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona) and her postgrad for Nurse Practitioner at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
After graduating, Craig was offered a job at a non-profit rural health clinic.
She worked there until the organization was later bought out and changed to a for-profit facility.
“I’ve always just wanted to help people. That’s been my focus,” Craig said. “CareSouth gives me the opportunity to do that.”
Craig comes to CareSouth Carolina with more than 14 years of experience. She provides full family care from birth to geriatrics and everything in between.
“It’s been wonderful,” Craig said. “CareSouth has welcomed in many of my patients with open arms. I offer voluntary prayer with all of my patients if they want it and my care team prays together and asks for guidance in a manner that is pleasing to God each morning before we visit with patients.”
“A typical non-profit doesn’t have all the extra opportunities- things like x-rays, ultrasounds and other tests- like CareSouth Carolina can offer,” Craig said. “Being able to operate with a whole care team and for us to be able to pull together to help the patient in any way we possibly can is extremely important to me. It’s making a difference and promoting healthy outcomes.”
To schedule an appointment with Craig, call 843-332-3422.