Sloan announces renovation, expansion of OBX family practice in Manteo

By on July 23, 2022

 
In what have become regular video presentations, Outer Banks Hospital President Ronnie Sloan announced on July 22 that plans are in the works to renovate the property housing the Outer Banks Family Medical Practice in Manteo and to build a 2,500 square foot addition adjacent to that building in order to eventually incorporate more medical staff.

That announcement is the latest in a series of efforts that have occurred in the wake of a May 23 letter sent to 2,418 patients of the Manteo practice informing them they could no longer receive medical services there because of a provider shortage. That letter, which starkly highlighted the health care provider crisis in the county, galvanized local and medical officials to more aggressively seek solutions.

The latest such initiative occurred when the Manteo Board of Commissioners, at its July 20 meeting, appointed a Healthcare Task Force that will be charged with identifying solutions for the lack of adequate healthcare in Dare County.

Acknowledging that like many other businesses, “we are rebounding from a chaotic time,” Sloan provided an update on efforts to reinstate care for the patients dropped from the Manteo practice.

He reported that on the first day a waitlist phone line was set up earlier this month, more than a thousand calls poured in, with the number now trickling down to about 20 a day. That phone line will remain in effect exclusively for former Manteo patients until Aug. 8, when it will become accessible to the general public.

Sloan did caution however, that the reinstatement process “will take several months.”

Also in connection with the Manteo practice, Sloan announced that a new physician, Dr. David Worthen, began working at that facility this past week. Another new physician, Dr. Erin Baker, is expected to arrive there at the end of October.

Sloan also reported that OB/GYN physician Dr. Robin Dillard, will be coming to work at Outer Banks Women’s Care later this summer or in early fall. Her arrival comes as OB/GYN Dr. Daniel Dwyer, transitions to one day a week of direct patient care while also assuming his new role as Regional Medical Director of Medical Affairs for ECU Health.

 

 

 




Comments

  • Kit

    From the article: ” Sloan announced that a new physician, Dr. David Worthen, began working at that facility this past week.” How are his patients being selected from the waiting list? Is there a protocol… age, condition, prognosis…?

    Sunday, Jul 24 @ 10:25 am
  • sandflea

    Kit said: “How are his patients being selected from the waiting list? Is there a protocol… age, condition, prognosis…?”
    My guess would be those who have the best insurance and need the most expensive tests and treatment.

    Monday, Jul 25 @ 12:08 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sandflea, we are working on getting an answer to that now.

    Monday, Jul 25 @ 3:21 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Sandflea, we have checked with the OBX Hospital and they say former patients will be contacted and reinstated on the basis of when they reached out to be included on the waitlist.

    Wednesday, Jul 27 @ 12:13 pm
  • Sandflea

    Thanks Mark.

    Monday, Jul 25 @ 4:00 pm
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