Welcoming the Future with Open Arms. We Got This.

By on November 29, 2022

The Cowell Cancer Center is taking shape and will open in fall 2023.

By Outer Banks Hospital

It’s been a challenging few years. Between the pandemic and the economy, many people have experienced higher levels of exhaustion, disappointment, and loss.

As an organization, The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group certainly has had to navigate some rough seas too. Still, we’re choosing to celebrate our many wins and to be grateful as 2022 comes to a close.

Our focus is always on “can do” which is why 2023 is looking better than ever for access to primary care throughout Dare County. Five new providers will be joining our team. This will enable us to open access for new adult patients from anywhere in Dare County as these new providers build out their patient panels over the coming months. (See box below for more information.)

Over the past few years, we learned that even when times are tough, staying focused on the goal and maintaining a positive outlook will ultimately move the needle in the right direction.

Our Cancer Services team didn’t skip a beat in spite of challenging times. Their tenacity and grit moved us across the finish line to become a nationally accredited breast center. This is in addition to our recertification as a nationally accredited cancer program. “As a small community hospital, we are one of only eight in the nation with an accredited cancer program,” noted Radiation Oncologist Charles Shelton, MD. “Now with our breast care accreditation we can proudly say we’re the first hospital of our size in the nation to achieve that designation.”

Speaking of cancer services, our new cancer center is taking shape. The steel girders are rising from the ground, and if all goes according to plan, the doors will open in the fall of 2023. That means all of our cancer services will be under one roof, and patients will not have to travel from one building to another or, worse, long distances to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and care. This is a dream we’ve had since 2012.

The Outer Banks Hospital celebrated its 20th anniversary in March of this year. That’s 20 years of growth and innovation that has provided the Outer Banks community access to primary and specialty healthcare services, such as outpatient rehabilitation therapy, and the Center for Health Living.

We will not stop, especially when the going gets tough. We’ll keep the focus on moving forward and upward so that we can continue to provide the highest quality healthcare services.

The Primary Care Access Line:
252-449-4540

If you are interested in establishing care with a primary provider, please call our Primary Care Access Line at 252-449-4540 and leave a message. We will return your call within three days to confirm receipt of your message and that your name has been added to the waitlist. We are diligently working through the waitlist and appreciate your patience over the next few months as we schedule appointments.



See what people are saying:

  • Joan mcminn

    Need to become and act like a real hospital. Open up your beds up stairs. Decrease the amount of chiefs running around. It’s just to formal and the employees act like they r little robots

    Friday, Dec 2 @ 8:54 am