When The Outer Banks Hospital first opened its doors in 2002, our services and capabilities were narrow compared to what we provide today. Back then, we welcomed a lot of babies to the Outer Banks and also performed orthopedic surgery and other small-scale surgical procedures. Despite our limited scope, however, we were able to benefit the community greatly by serving as a conduit to care with our partners. Patients suddenly had direct access to a full range of services at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Vidant Medical Center as well as other Vidant Health community hospitals. And all the while, our partnership was enabling us to develop and expand our own service offerings.
Growing strong together.
The strength of our partnership has from the beginning made our community stronger. Our Emergency Department was an early initiative and a crucial addition to our services — especially so in the summer months, when our population swells to nearly 25o,000. The expansion of our capabilities continued with cancer services as well as two urgent care centers. Our incredibly varied outreach programs are also key to promoting a happier, healthier community and demonstrate our commitment to everyone in it. From the free screenings we provide via our Health Coach bus...to wellness programs like yoga on the beach...to cancer outreach programs and beyond, we’re making a difference every day.
Embracing the future.
Partnership based on cooperation and support is what allows us to strengthen the services we currently provide and expand our continuum of care as we explore new avenues. Our Community Benefit Grant Program, for example — funded jointly by Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare — directly benefits the Outer Banks community by supporting nonprofits throughout the area, making it easier for people to gain access to the care they need. The Outer Banks Hospital has come a long way in a relatively short time, thanks to our partners — and our potential knows no bounds.