Guest commentary: Resilience in the wake of Florence 

By on September 26, 2018

By Ronnie Sloan, FACHE
President, The Outer Banks Hospital

​It’s been said times like these bring out the best in people. I know that to be true.

Time and time again, as the people of eastern North Carolina are tested, we persevere.

We rise above. We help our neighbors. We do what’s right.

I expected this to be the case as The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group prepared, along with other Vidant Health hospitals, clinics and entities for Hurricane Florence.

While we monitored the storm, planned for the worst and hoped for the best, I never had any doubt this community would come together and remind me, yet again, of what makes this community special.

I witnessed hospital staff make arrangements to sleep here overnight, even when they weren’t sure what they would find when they returned home — or if they’d be able to.

I saw it again in the first responders, our emergency management and public health partners, and the local, state and national agencies who answered the call to help.

It is particularly humbling to watch members of our team travel to areas hardest hit by Florence and lend a hand at other Vidant facilities.

I know I’ll continue to witness this in the days, weeks and months to come, as these areas of our region will depend upon our continued dedication and support.

While life will return to normal for some of us, for many, it will be a long while.

My sincere appreciation to the dedicated people across Vidant and throughout our communities. Thank you for all you do in support of the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.

It is my honor to serve alongside you.




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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