Pictured Above (L-R): Community Benefit Grant Recipients: Laura Ertle, Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation; Rick Gray, Community Care Clinic of Dare; Sheila Davies and Debbie Dutton, Dare County Health Department; Dr. Ed Houser, Currituck Free Dental Clinic; Leigh Bracy, Interfaith Community Outreach; Not Pictured: Don Cabana, Dare County Transportation; Community Benefit Grants Committee: Linda Palombo; Tim Cafferty, Chair; Tess Judge, Chair, OBH Development Council; Dr. Roger Lever; Outer Banks Hospital Representatives (Front): Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community Outreach & Development; Amy Montgomery, Senior Administrator of Operations; and Kahla Hall, Vidant Health Foundation

Grants are awarded for projects that will significantly increase access to healthcare in our community for nearly 3,000 individuals in need. The grants listed below equal $122,500 in support of local organizations that will provide services to meet a variety of community needs this coming year.

Community Care Clinic of Dare – Medical care for uninsured/low income patients
Currituck Free Dental Clinic – Dental treatment and care for Dare County patients
Dare County Health Department – Prenatal ultrasounds and Breast Cancer diagnostics
Dare County Transportation – Transportation to medical care appointments
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation – Medical assistance for Hatteras Island cancer patients
Interfaith Community Outreach – Medical assistance and crisis intervention

Funds are generously provided by the Vidant Health Foundation, with support from Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and The Outer Banks Hospital’s development Council. Since 2006, The Outer Banks Hospital has granted $1,194,840 to organizations, of which over $1 million of the funding has come from the Vidant Health Foundation.

For more information about The Outer Banks Hospital’s Community Benefit Grant Program, contact Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community Outreach & Development at 449-5933.

The Outer Banks Hospital, located in Nags Head, North Carolina, offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. A joint venture between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the hospital opened in March 2002. The hospital’s mission 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. For more information, visit www.theouterbankshospital.com.