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 Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Dare EMS – Phase 2 Pre-Bid Conference

Time: Dec 6, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • 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