Health

Feb 29


FEBRUARY 29
Dinner with a Doc: Leap into Heart & Lung Health

Join us on Leap Day for an evening with experts on heart and lung health: Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D., ABPP, and Rana J. Khan, MD, FCCP. They'll cover exercise, healthy living, and overcoming psychological barriers post-heart or lung events. Full story


‘This sort of support has really lifted my spirits’  

Dare music teacher John Buford received Feb. 15 stem cell transplant
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

John Buford, the much beloved Dare County Schools music teacher who received a stem cell transplant at Duke University Hospital on Feb. 15, told the Voice that he is grateful for all the well wishes that have come his way. Full story


Free Counseling Services available to Local Veterans

“We encourage any Veteran in Dare County who needs counseling to contact the Vet Center to see if they are eligible for services,” said Dare County Veterans Services Officer Patty O’Sullivan, noting that individual, family and group counseling is available by appointment and can be held in Dare County. Full story

Roughly 40% of eligible Dare County adults have obtained coverage through new Medicaid expansion

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The latest data on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Dashboard shows that 867 Dare County adults between the ages of 19-64 have signed up for Medicaid expansion since the state began that program on Dec. 1, 2023. Full story


Sentara Albemarle Medical Center announces new midwifery program, celebrates first birth by midwife 

A baby girl from Currituck is the first child delivered by a midwife since Sentara Albemarle Medical Center launched its new midwifery program on Feb. 1.  Full story


New Preceptor Hub intended to create medical provider ‘pipeline’ in region

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
During the Feb. 13 meeting of the Manteo Healthcare Task Force, Franklin Walker, vice-president of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), announced the creation of a local Preceptor Hub that will provide training to medical students coming from several North Carolina colleges. Full story


NC Medical Society unveils Preceptor Hub in Manteo

Initiative will train medical students to ease local provider shortage
At the Feb. 13 meeting of the Manteo Healthcare Task Force, Franklin Walker, vice-president of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) announced the creation of a Preceptor Hub in Manteo that will provide training to medical students coming from several North Carolina colleges Full story


At the new Cowell Cancer Center, the focus is ‘patient centered care’

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
The newly opened Cowell Cancer Center has consolidated all the Outer Banks Health cancer services under one roof in a 15,000 square foot state-of-the art building across the street from the hospital in Nags Head. The result, says Radiation Oncologist Dr. Charles Shelton, at the Cowell Center, is a better patient experience with the potential for better outcomes. Full story


Outer Banks Health celebrates opening of Cowell Cancer Center

Outer Banks Health is proud to announce the opening of the Carol S. and Edward D. Cowell, Jr. Cancer Center, a 15,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility made possible through the collaboration of Outer Banks Health, ECU Health, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and the generous support of the Outer Banks community. Full story


Honoring daughter’s memory, couple establishes fund to help battle addiction

Driven by the tragic loss of their daughter to addiction, an Outer Banks couple has established a beacon of hope for families facing the same darkness. The Christina Nicole Jones Memorial Fund for Substance Abuse Education, Counseling, Prevention, and Treatment will provide funding for agencies addressing the needs of families facing addiction. Full story


At Manteo Health Care Task Force meeting, provider shortages are a major topic

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Meeting five months after the Manteo Community Health Center opened in July, Manteo Healthcare Task Force members heard concerns about a number of issues—largely related to provider shortages—at their Dec. 12 meeting. Full story


Kaylyn Varner Named Outer Banks Health Employee of the Month for December 2023

Kaylyn Varner, Certified Nursing Assistant I on the Medical Surgical Unit, joined Outer Banks Health in January, 2023. Since joining the team, she has displayed unparalleled compassion towards her patients by ensuring their experience is exceptional. Full story


Local health officials encourage flu, COVID-19 vaccines to protect against illness this winter

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services encourages residents to protect themselves from respiratory illness this winter by getting vaccinated for influenza and COVID-19. Full story


CEO of Manteo Health Center outlines plans in wake of doctor’s departure

In the wake of the Nov. 13 announcement that Dr. Jennifer Harrison would be leaving the new Manteo Community Health Center, Joe Rockenstein, the CEO of the Ocracoke/Engelhard/Manteo Medical Centers, sent this Nov. 14 message about plans for the center after that development. Full story


At Faith Community Summit, a focus on helping struggling youth

By Mary Ellen Riddle  | Outer Banks Voice
Dare County and Eastern North Carolina community services groups gathered on Thursday, Oct. 26 at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head to participate in the Faith Community Summit on Substance Use and Mental Health presented by the Faith-Based Subcommittee of the Dare County Saving Lives Task Force. Full story