Very few people know the Outer Banks better than the man who managed Dare County for 17 years. Terry Wheeler not only held the post of County Manager from April 1, 1991 to July 1, 2009, but also served in other positions prior to his appointment as manager. Over his 32 year tenure, Wheeler saw many changes as the Outer Banks evolved into one of the premier beach vacation destinations in the nation.
Tapping on that expertise, The Outer Banks Hospital invited Wheeler to join the board of directors for a 3-year renewable term. “I’ve known Terry for 30 years,” said Board Chairman Bobby Owens. “His knowledge and service to the people of Dare County and the surrounding community will be an invaluable asset to the Board.”
During his years with the county, Wheeler was essential in creating new ways to better serve Dare County residents and visitors. He oversaw improvements and advancements in the county’s emergency medical services, public works and water production. As an advocate for youth, he expanded the Parks and Recreation facilities throughout the County and was instrumental in bringing the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series and the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championships to Dare County. “I am honored to be asked to serve on The Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors,” Wheeler said. “I look forward to once again serving the citizens of Dare County.”
“I am pleased that Terry has joined our Board of Directors, bringing with him a record of service to this community that is quite impressive,” said Van Smith, hospital president. “His experience and dedication to Dare County and the surrounding region will be of tremendous value as he joins his fellow board members in providing guidance for The Outer Banks Hospital.”
Wheeler, a native of Edenton, and his wife, Valerie, reside in Manteo. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the North Carolina Property Tax Commission and was active in the International City/County Managers Association and the International Babe Ruth Baseball Advisory Board for many years.
The Outer Banks Hospital parent corporations, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, based in Greenville, North Carolina, and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center of Virginia, appoint the 10 members of The Outer Banks Hospital board. UHS appoints six members and Chesapeake four. At least five board members must be Dare County residents. Board members serve two consecutive three-year terms.
The Outer Banks Hospital is a 21 bed acute-care facility offering the latest in healthcare advances and technology, including the best in emergency, surgery, birthing, imaging, diagnostic, therapeutic services and inpatient care. A not-for-profit critical access hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital is a partnership between University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The mission of The Outer Banks Hospital is to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality healthcare services.