By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on June 17, 2022
Manteo Town Manager Melissa Dickerson has written a June 16 letter to ECU Health CEO Dr. Michael Waldrum asking that he or a designee appear at the July 6 town commissioners meeting to discuss the “current health emergency” created when the Outer Banks Family Medicine practice in Manteo informed more than 2,400 patients it could no longer provide their care.
That letter was dated May 23 and has sent many patients on the difficult journey of searching for a new primary physician. A number of such patients were interviewed in a June 16 story published by the Voice, and they discussed the challenges after being dropped from the Manteo practice, including the longer drives now necessary to get to an appointment.
In her letter to Waldrum, Dickerson said that the Manteo Commissioners “heard concerns from community members regarding the lack of medical care available locally” at their June 15 meeting. The board, she added, “requested that I facilitate a community conversation regarding our current health care emergency.”
Dickerson asked that Waldron or someone he chooses attend the July 6 meeting at 6:30 p.m. “to offer a presentation to update our community as to the efforts made by you and your staff on the recruitment and retention of medical professionals at the Outer Banks Family facility in Manteo.”
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