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4800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

Our History: Building a Hospital

The Partners

The Outer Banks Hospital is the natural result of years of growing healthcare needs in this region, and represents the culmination of many professional relationships. In November 1998, the state of North Carolina awarded a Certificate of Need to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, anchored by Chesapeake General Hospital, and Vidant Health, which includes Vidant Medical Center. The CON gave the partners permission to build the first hospital on the Outer Banks.

The cooperative efforts of these two organizations are testimony to the level of commitment they share for Dare County and surrounding areas. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center operated the Outer Banks Medical Center for 14 years, which merged with a Vidant Health facility to become HealthEast Outer Banks Medical Center in Nags Head. Prior to the hospital opening in 2002, HealthEast, providing both primary and emergency care services, was the only 24-hour medical care facility in the area.

Time Line


  • Vidant Health and Chesapeake Health awarded Certificate of Need to build 19 bed hospital in Nags Head 


  • Kathy Bailey, PhD, appointed as first hospital president 


  • 82,000 square foot hospital, which cost $23.4 million to build, opens in March with a 21 bed Emergency Department,16 medical/surgical beds, 2 labor/delivery/recovery/ postpartum, and one special care nursery bed


  • Van Smith, Jr., appointed hospital president
  • The Outer Banks Hospital receives federal designaion as a Critical Access Hospital
  • Campus goes tobacco free
  • The hospital is awarded a Certificate of Need for a fixed MRI


  • The hospital is awarded a Certificate of Need for two additional beds
  • Cancer Resource Center, funded by donations, is opened in Medical Office Building
  • HealthEast physician practice acquired


  • Healthspan, the electronic medical record, implemented
  • Digital mammography and digital x-ray installed
  • Cardiology services expanded to include nuclear and non-nuclear stress tests
  • Dare Medical Associates physician practice acquired


  • Chemotherapy infusion service offered
  • PET/CT imaging services added


  • Consistently ranking among top 20% of hospitals nationwide in patient satisfaction
  • Re-accredited by the Joint Commission
  • Urology service line added, along with area's first full-time Urology practice
  • Hands of Hope volunteer-based cancer outreach program in partnership with UNC added
  • Outpatient procedures expanded to include laser treatment of kidney stones


  • Outpatient procedures expanded to include stereotactic breast biopsy