By Outer Banks Voice on July 2, 2022
In a video message released on July 1, Outer Banks Hospital President Ronnie Sloan announced the pending arrival of two new full-time providers at the Outer Banks Family Medicine Practice in Manteo, where more than 2,400 patients recently learned they could no longer receive care because of a provider shortage.
At the same time, Sloan also reported that Physician’s Assistant Christopher Handron will be leaving the Manteo practice at the end of August.
In the 7-minute-and 30-second video, Sloan said that Dr. David Worthen and Dr. Erin Baker would be joining the Manteo practice. Dr. Worthen, who is slated to begin on July 18, will assume Handron’s patients and will be able to add “several hundred patients” from the waiting list in the coming months. Dr. Baker will begin on Oct. 31 and will take patients who are on the waiting list.
Sloan also stressed that “it will take some time to re-establish care for all impacted patients,” and added that next week, the 2,418 patients who were dropped from the Manteo practice will receive a letter informing then how to get on a wait list to re-establish care.
Without going further into specifics, Sloan said he will have another announcement next week about bringing additional primary care resources to the Nags Head location.