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Meet Pamela Tillman, Administrator of LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes

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Pam Tillman knew she would work in healthcare as a young girl. Her grandfather, who suffered from emphysema, made a big impression on her while she helped care for him.

Pam, who is the hospital administrator for LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, said her grandfather told her she would make a good nurse one day. He had good reason to think that; Pam’s mom, Sandra Priddy, also served as a nurse and then as hospital administrator at the rural hospital, so caregiving was just a way of life for them.

“We always joked that I started nursing as a toddler,” Pam recalled. “I remember one day when I was getting ready to go to nursing school, my mom cut her finger, and I helped dress it. I felt like throwing up, and I wondered if I could do it, but here I am.”

Pam took her first job as a staff nurse at what is now LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes in the early 1980s. She has served as the critical care unit manager, ER unit manager, chief of nursing and now administrator.

Over all the years, she says her favorite part of the job is being able to take care of “our friends, neighbors, and families. We offer full-service healthcare and fill a critical need in the community,” she said.

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes offers a full range of healthcare services, from pediatric services to acute care to rehab and a nursing home facility. LifeBrite’s primary location in Danbury is designated as a critical access hospital (CAH). Critical access hospitals play a vital role in maintaining access to high-quality health care services in rural communities.

More than an administrator

Pam’s devotion to the hospital and to the community is apparent. She’s a huge cheerleader for the hospital and its employees, regularly attending community meetings to talk about what LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes can offer and to dispel any misunderstandings.

“There has been a rumor going around since I started that the hospital is going to close. We have never closed and have no intention of closing,” she said.

Even though she is an administrator, Pam still occasionally helps out with patient care, working overnight shifts if the hospital is short-staffed or jumping in if there is an emergency.

Thankful for staff

“We are a rural hospital, so we can’t be everything to everyone, but the things we can do, we do very well,” Pam said. “We are thankful to have a great core group of staff who have remained with the hospital through all the ups and downs and strive to give the best care to our community.”

Swing bed services offered by the hospital, for instance,  make a huge impact in the community and are a point of pride for Pam. A swing bed patient is typically someone who has either had surgery out of town or at LifeBrite and needs to transition to another level of care as they heal and undergo rehabilitation.

“When the patients come in, you see them and their families, and you are able to provide a path for them to follow to get ready to go home,” said Pam. “It’s satisfying to see the patient after two weeks or so, and you know you will be able to send them home ready and able to return to everyday life.”

Providing care from birth until death

When asked if one experience or day stands out in her mind, she recalled a day when she was asked to help out at Stokes County Nursing Home, which is housed in the hospital.

“I was asked to start an IV in a 100-year-old.  As I was finishing up with that, there was a wreck a mile away that involved an infant, and I went back to the ER to help,” she said. The baby was a newborn, and the parents were concerned the baby had been injured.

“I was able to do a head-to-toe assessment of the baby, who was fine,” Pam said. “The experience captured what we do every day:  we have the ability to take care of you from the beginning of life to end of life. It’s full circle, and that’s important.”

To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Stokes, visit our homepage.  

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LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes Offers Full-Service Healthcare

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LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes’ history of providing excellent healthcare in the Danbury, N.C., area stretches back to 1954. But over the years, the breadth of services and care offered by its clinics and hospital has grown dramatically.

LifeBrite has embarked on a mission to deliver this message to the community: You don’t have to travel 45 minutes away from your home for quality healthcare.

With six locations in Stokes County, LifeBrite offers a full range of healthcare services, from pediatric services to acute care to rehab and nursing home facilities. LifeBrite recently held an open house at its primary location in Danbury, complete with health screenings and tours, to show residents what it can offer in terms of healthcare.

A Critical Access Hospital

LifeBrite’s primary location in Danbury is designated as a critical access hospital (CAH). Critical access hospitals play a vital role in maintaining access to high-quality health care services in rural communities. According to the American Hospital Association, critical access hospitals like LifeBrite provide care to millions of Americans living in vulnerable rural and urban communities. In fact, Congress created the critical access hospital designation in 1997 to help protect and preserve smaller hospitals providing quality healthcare in vulnerable rural and urban areas.

In order to gain CAH designation a hospital must:

  • Be 35 miles from another hospital.
  • Have a 24-hour emergency room that operates seven days a week.
  • Have a maximum of 25 inpatient beds for acute care or swing-bed services.
  • Maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients.

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes houses multiple clinics and services including:

  • Acute care for illnesses or injuries requiring a short hospital stay and basic nursing, respiratory, laboratory, rehabilitation, and diagnostic services.
  • 24/7 emergency room services to treat those unexpected injuries and ailments.
  • Swing-bed services for patients who no longer require acute care, but still need nursing and rehabilitative care to help them recover.
  • Physical and occupational therapy  as well as respiratory therapy for inpatients and outpatients. Therapy programs are designed to maximize independence and safety following illness, injury, and/or surgery.
  • Stokes County Nursing Home, offering residents quality therapy and care, including free laundry and beauty shop services. The home also offers crafts, movies, bingo, monthly outings, and more.

Surgical Services

In nearby King, LifeBrite operates an outpatient surgery center with surgical specialties in cataract removal, orthopedics, podiatry, gastroenterology, and infertility treatment.

The LifeBrite Medical Center of King also houses radiology and laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, echocardiograms, and vascular imaging.

The laboratory, meanwhile, performs diagnostic blood, serum, and urine testing; collects chain-of-custody drug screens for pre-employment, post-accident, and workers compensation; and offers industrial accounts for area businesses.

Primary Care

LifeBrite offers primary care services, a critical piece in preventive care for all ages, at three locations: LifeBrite Family Medical of Danbury, LifeBrite Pediatric Clinic of Danbury, and LifeBrite Family Medical of Pine Hall.


LifeBrite is more than a hospital; it’s a healthcare facility ready to serve residents in Stokes County in all stages of life. To learn more about LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, visit our homepage.