Cape Fear Clinic, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, was founded as Tileston Health Clinic, Inc.
in 1991 to provide medical care to those in Southeastern North Carolina who would otherwise be unable to access care. Our
current patients do not have any form of health insurance or government health assistance and have incomes of no more than
200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. As our patients are overwhelmingly poor, we do not ask them to pay
for any of their care, meaning that CFC C has no income from patient services. We are currently the only
provider in the region that does not even ask for a donation from our patients.
The Tileston Health Clinic was started in 1991 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC by three physicians from the
parish, Dr. Mary O'Brien, Dr. A Knox, and Dr. Victor Nava, assisted by Sister Issac Koenig. The
doctors wanted to satisify a need in the community to provide free medical care for people in the community without health
insurance and to those whose income fell within the federal poverty guidelines.
The new clinic attracted many patients and grew rapidly. It soon found a home in the basement
of the old landmark Tileston School building, located across from the church on Ann Street. Through the years, the Tileston
Health Clinic continued to expand, and in 2007, it moved to its present location in the medical campus
on Doctors Circle and Cypress Grove Drive. The campus is a gift from a generous Wilmington family.
In August 2011, we changed our
name to Cape Fear Clinic, Inc. to better represent the community we serve; today the clinic provides chronic care to patients
living in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties who otherwise would receive inadequate medical care or no health
care at all. The patient population is approximately 24% Hispanic, 23% African-American, 50% Caucasian and 3% other.
The clinic serves all who seek services with no regard to ethnicity or creed.