New Manteo health center now scheduling appointments from wait list

By on June 16, 2023

Facility to open on July 11

The new home of Dare County’s first HQFC in Manteo will be in what was the CenturyLink offices. (File photo by Kip Tabb)

When the new Federally Qualified Health Care Center (FQHC) in Manteo officially opens at 9 a.m. on July 11, patients can either make walk-in visits or be seen by appointment, and the facility will function like a family practice, according to officials connected to the center.

The center will be staffed Dr. Jennifer Harrison and NP Lauren Gaines, and they will see patients five days a week. An on-site lab is expected to be functional by the time of the July 11 opening, and there will eventually be a pharmacy at the facility as well.

Currently, there is a wait list for the new facility and patients who want to be placed on that list now should call the Engelhard Medical Center number at 252-925-7000. Appointments at the Manteo center are currently being scheduled from that wait list. Once the Manteo center opens, the number there will be 252-300-3005.

An FQHC is a federally funded nonprofit health center or clinic that serves medically underserved areas and populations. The clinic charges fees based on a patient’s income for insured and uninsured patients.

The news of the health center coming to Manteo was announced at a September 2022 Manteo Healthcare Task Force meeting and came in the wake of growing concerns about a local provider shortage after more than 2,400 patients of Outer Banks Family Medicine in Manteo were notified they no could longer receive care there. In July 2022, the Manteo Board of Commissioners appointed members to a Healthcare Task Force and directed them to address the growing healthcare concerns in Dare County.

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  • BB Wylie Walden

    Thank you so much for keeping your readers updated on all the good news regarding Manteo’s new healthcare center. July 11th will be a big day day to celebrate!

    Friday, Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm