New Manteo Health Center announces loss of doctor

By on November 13, 2023

This message about the Manteo Community Health Center losing provider Dr. Jennifer Harrison was released by Engelhard Medical Center/ Ocracoke Health Center/Manteo Community Health Center on Nov. 13. The letter includes options for the patients of the Health Center.

The Manteo Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) intended to help alleviate a medical provider shortage in Dare County, opened its doors on July 11.

This letter is to inform our Dare County residents and patients that Dr. Jennifer Harrison is no longer employed with Manteo Community Health Center. Due to privacy reasons, we cannot disclose the details of her departure.

Manteo Community Health Center fully supports your right to choose your health care provider. We will continue to provide a wide range of primary care services. Care will be transferred to our knowledgeable and capable Nurse Practitioner, Lauren Gaines and will also receive help from other providers on our care team. We are working on recruiting an additional provider to add to our care team. If you have any questions about your current or future treatment needs, please call the clinic number at 252.300.3005 or message in your Athena portal.

  • How do I get my medical records transferred?
    • We will release records with the appropriate signed release to your new doctor’s office. Patient records will be retained at Manteo Community Health Center.
  • Why is Harrison no longer at the organization?
    • We are not at liberty to discuss details of her departure due to privacy reasons.
  • How do I contact Harrison to continue my care under her?
    • We don’t have information where she will be practicing. We will continue to provide coverage at all 3 locations. We have our nurse practitioner, Lauren Gaines and other providers from our care team. We are searching for a new provider at the Manteo office.
  • Established patients: How do I find out about existing referrals, lab results, and other items pertaining to my medical care?
    • Please follow up with the Manteo office and our care team will review your chart for your ongoing care.
  • New patients that have an existing appointment, but have not been seen:
    • If you would like to transfer care from our organization, please request your medical records from your previous provider to your new provider. We cannot release third party records.

Patients who wish to be treated at another clinic may have a copy of their medical records transferred. Original records will be retained by Manteo Community Health Center.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Bobby

    From our experience, body cares, not local Government, not the hospital, not the news media. We ended up driving to Chesapeake for primary care, it’s tourist, tourist, and money. No concern for the mostly seniors that have retired here and support business and community daily.

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 5:21 pm
  • Czarina

    Seriously???? Why are you not connecting with the already existing Vidant practice and their doctors, to get more doctors? Inexcusable! What are the commissioners doing about this???

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 6:11 pm
  • Healthcare Supervisor


    You disgust us locals, as most halfbacks do, thinking that retiring here supports the community. It does not.

    All retirees moving here do is suck up any available housing, inflate housing prices to unsustainable levels for the younger generation, vote like they live in NYC.

    Retirees moving here DO NOT support the local community. You don’t work, yet you have enough money to demand services from the local (already stressed) community. You don’t bring your business here to create jobs, you don’t produce anything when you move here.

    You think your part of the community, yet you don’t assimilate to it, you just bring the values you tried to escape from in your retirement years to our community. Which is mostly incessant whining about how it should be better.

    If you want healthcare, move to Boca or Allentown or Chesapeake. Or, go volunteer in Manteo at the front line of low-income (for the OBX) health care needs.

    If you can’t do that, turn your garage or downstairs into a room for rent that costs less than $1000 dollars a month so some teacher, nurse, doctor, cop, emt, could live in while they support our community.

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 3:39 am
  • Dan-O

    You see, all those new occupants of high density “affordable housing” will NEVER need to see a doctor! The county commissioners told me so!

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 7:51 am
  • Sandflea

    My educated guess is that she probably spent too much time caring for patients. Not getting the patient turnover that the powers that be want; therefore not generating enough dollars. Some squish-head probably had a chat with her and she continued to put patients over $$$$$. That didn’t fly, so she was let go. I’ve seen this happen numerous times here and other places. No current provider and no $$$ generated… Brilliant! And remember, it’s not “Healthcare “, it’s “Moneycare.
    Btw, not sure if Hippa protects for divulging reason for termination, but a guaranteed lawsuit pretty much does.

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 1:54 pm
  • All Good People

    Dr Harrison and the people who established and run the Manteo FQHS are all good people. Nobody works at or runs a FQHS to make money. People that don’t know what they are talking about should keep their uninformed speculation to themselves.

    Tuesday, Nov 14 @ 3:12 pm
  • Lost Turtle

    Interesting word choice. Loss invokes losing something. It invokes grief. Loss of a provider, loss of care, loss of

    Wednesday, Nov 15 @ 1:33 pm
  • Southern Dawn

    @Healthcare Supervisor

    You’re making quite a few assumptions about Bobby with the usual un-merited, vitriol which then digressed into an unrelated diatribe. Many people have commented that they have to travel to Virginia or Charlotte to receive care. Maybe I missed the article on the local leadership weighing in, if they ever did.

    Perhaps you have never had a class in medical humanism or practice medical ethics? Maybe you don’t interact directly with patients and you work in an office crunching numbers and being a liaison with “local” management and “local” staff. I hope the latter is the case.  

    Sunday, Nov 19 @ 1:26 am
  • robert jung MD

    harrison was fired by vidant health it seems the same was necessary

    Monday, Nov 27 @ 2:32 pm