Nags Head, NC – “Connecting The Outer Banks Hospital to the Brody School of Medicine along with Vidant Medical Group was an easy decision,” said Ronnie Sloan, president of The Outer Banks Hospital. “Our residents and visitors will now have access to decades of emergency medicine experience and high-quality local providers that live here, and are part of our community.”

Besides providing day-to-day emergency care for residents and visitors, the combination of Vidant and ECU/Brody will provide access to physicians that have experience in innovative programs such as emergency simulation training and rural emergency practice experts. In addition, the team of providers will have access to prompt consultation with peers and access to physicians with clinical experience in specialties including toxicology and pediatric emergency medicine.

“Vidant and ECU have a long history of working together and providing high-quality emergency services in eastern North Carolina,” said Theodore Delbridge, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine at Brody School of Medicine at ECU. “For more than 30 years, the two organizations have collaborated to train new generations of emergency physicians in one of the nation’s most established medicine residency training programs.”

Currently, ECU and Vidant Medical Group collectively employ or contract with 98 emergency medicine physicians and 40 advanced practitioners that provide emergency medicine in eastern North Carolina. Vidant Medical Group currently provides emergency professional services to four community hospitals including Vidant Roanoke Chowan, Vidant Chowan, Vidant Bertie and Vidant Duplin hospitals. ECU Emergency Medicine currently provides emergency professional services for the Level I Trauma Center, Adult, Pediatric and Minor Emergency Departments at Vidant Medical Center and at Vidant Beaufort Hospital.

“Together we have the experience to meet the emergent needs for patients and families and we are honored to be part of the medical community at the Outer Banks,” said Daniel Drake, PhD, RN, senior vice president of operations for Vidant Medical Group. “This new relationship now connects The Outer Banks Hospital to the Brody School of Medicine.”

The Outer Banks Hospital is a joint-venture between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The Emergency Department has 17 treatment beds assigned to areas designated for patients requiring specific treatment such as cardiac monitoring, orthopedic care, and others. The facility includes an isolation room, a two-bed trauma room and gynecologic exam rooms - all designed for maximum privacy. Last year The Outer Banks Hospital Emergency Department had more than 22,000 visits.

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,439-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multispecialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in 80 practice sites. Vidant Health is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant Health has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

About the Brody School of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is nationally recognized for preparing primary care physicians who practice in medically underserved communities. All those admitted are North Carolina residents and the majority of its graduates practice primary care in North Carolina. Brody’s research includes a strong focus on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and preventative care. Brody partners with Vidant Health to provide a teaching hospital, sharing faculty physicians in broad service areas such as critical care, surgery, emergency care and trauma. It also operates ECU Physicians, the clinical practice for the Brody School of Medicine.