Richmond ‘a residency in business’ for Hasenmueller

Longtime Pines Quick Care medical director departs for Wisconsin

By Hannah White
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM —

“You’ve given more to this community than you have taken out.”

These were the words spoken to Dr. Kirk Hasenmueller by one of his patients this week. Dr. Hasenmueller’s practice, Pines Quick Care, will close its doors for good on Friday, Aug. 29.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Dr. Kirk Hasenmueller is closing Pines Quick Care and will relocate to Madison, Wis., to take a teaching position in the student health center.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Dr. Kirk Hasenmueller is closing Pines Quick Care and will relocate to Madison, Wis., to take a teaching position in the student health center.

Hasenmueller, 49, and his wife, Shari, came to Rockingham in March of 1996. He started out as a family practitioner working at Richmond Family Medicine, owned by FirstHealth. In October 1997, Hasenmueller made a huge career and business move and opened Pines Quick Care on South Lawrence Street.

The family, including 4-year-old twins, Dylan and Alyssa, will soon leave Richmond County as Hasenmueller takes a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin in Madison beginning in September. There, he will work in University Health Services. It will be a very different atmosphere than what he is used to. The campus population is 44,000, nearly as big a Richmond County’s 46,000.

Things have moved quickly for Hasenmueller in the past six weeks. He traveled to Wisconsin over the July 4 weekend to interview for the position. It was while he was driving the 954-mile journey back to Rockingham that he received the call — the job was his if he wanted it. His next call was to his wife.

At the time that he opened his business there were no urgent care facilities in Richmond County. Pines Quick Care offered weekend hours, and provided relief to patients that needed the care of a doctor at times when other physicians were not readily available. Hasenmueller opened his business with the mind of an entrepreneur; he saw a need in his community and he developed a product that fit the need.

The Hasenmuellers worked days, nights and weekends to meet the demand until their twins were born four years ago.

Hasenmueller admittedly said that he had no clue how to run a business when he began in 1997. He compared it to a new doctor’s first day of residency.

“You go in thinking you know what you are doing but then you realize that you don’t,” he said.

Kirk and Shari, however, figured it out, and the two have been serving patients for the past 17 years.

With the opening of two new urgent care facilities in Rockingham — FirstHealth opened its Convenient Care Clinic on June 2 and FastMed Urgent Care is under construction and set to open along Highway 74 Business by McDonald’s — plus new requirements regarding patient records and computer operating systems set forth by the Affordable Health Care Act, the price of keeping the clinic open has become too much. Upgrades would have cost nearly $30,000. Hasenmueller said he knew he’d close by the end of the year; he simply didn’t know he’d be moving to Wisconsin.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hasenmueller said it was only a matter of time before he closed the walk-in clinic. He had options to stay and work in either Richmond or Scotland counties, but neither option was something he wanted long-term. He applied for a similar position within the N.C. State University student health system but was unsuccessful. These types of jobs, he said, are difficult to come by.

There are, Hasenmueller said, parts of the Southern life he’ll cherish.

“I will miss the small town life and sense of community,” Hasenmueller said. Many of his patients here see him as their primary care physician, even though Pines Quick Care opened on an urgent care model. This speaks volumes to his personality and ability to provide quality care to his patients.

Saying goodbye to the patients that he sees on a regular basis “that’s the hardest part” he said.

In addition to owning Pines Quick Care, Hasenmueller has taught Anatomy and Physiology at Richmond Community College since 1999, and worked at Scotland Urgent Care in Laurinburg. His different roles in the community leave big holes that will be hard to fill.

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  • Patricia Davis

    Dr. Hasenmueller will be missed by all that were under his care. I, for one, am fortunate to have experienced his care and concern on more than a few occasions. I wish him and his family well and hope the adventure is a positive one. Best of luck and thank you for all you gave to the community!

  • Hilton Haines

    It”s hard to believe that Kirk & Shari have been in my father’s office for 17 years. When we first talked about their moving into the building, they asked me if I had restrictions on what type of business they would operate, what their hours would be, and other unusual questions. I told them that as long as it was legal, I didn’t care what type of business they operated and that once they moved in, the building was “theirs” and they could determine their own hours. Evidently, whoever they had talked to about a different location had placed severe restrictions on the use of that location– lucky for us! It’s been wonderful having them in our building (my brothers & sisters and I) for the past 17 years as tenants, physicians, and friends. We will miss them very much.

  • Sandra Elliott

    We will also miss Dr. Hasenmuller at the Community Theatre where he acted in several plays over the years. I wish his family the best.

  • Barb Hynes

    Dr. Kirk was always available when needed and will be missed by many. I wish the best for the Hasenmueller family.

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