Sentara reduces services on Outer Banks
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, together with Pasquotank County and the Albemarle Health Authority Board, have made the difficult decision to close the healthcare services offered by Sentara at Sentara Kitty Hawk. Thus, Sentara will no longer provide healthcare services at Sentara Kitty Hawk beginning December 15, 2017, including:
- Sentara Urgent Care
- Sentara owned medical practices including:
- Sentara Family Medicine Physicians
- Sentara Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists
- Sentara OB/GYN Specialists
- Sentara Surgery Specialists
- Advanced Imaging Center, Sentara Therapy Center and Outpatient Laboratory
Additionally, the Ambulatory Surgery Center and CT scanner located in Kitty Hawk, which had been temporarily closed as of late August due to air quality, building and structure issues, will not reopen.
The Sentara Kitty Hawk building will continue to provide leased space to Non-Sentara medical practices after December 15th, 2017.
Sentara Kitty Hawk has undergone several building repairs in recent years for the highly specialized services provided. However, despite these repairs, the issues remain ongoing for Surgery and Imaging. Recently, Sentara contracted with third party evaluators to review HVAC, air quality and the building structure, which identified multiple major repairs that would be required to meet operational healthcare standards.
Regardless, Sentara remains committed to providing quality health care in Northeastern North Carolina through:
- Sentara Family Medicine Physicians practice located at 715 North Main Highway, Manteo, North Carolina
- Sentara Family & Internal Medicine Physicians practice at 446 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, North Carolina
- Sentara Cardiology Specialists at 5136 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
“We are proud to have provided quality health care to residents and visitors alike at Sentara Kitty Hawk” said Coleen Santa Ana, President of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. “This decision is one of the most difficult our healthcare system has ever had to make and we gave it great consideration,” she said. “We are confident the community will continue to have access to quality healthcare through our services in Manteo, Moyock and Elizabeth City, as well as through other local providers.”
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City continues to recruit new providers to the region and offer expanding healthcare services. These new services include EPIC electronic health records technology, a new Wound Care center offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy, inpatient neurological care, and new orthopedic services.
Further, residents will continue to have access, as they do today, to specialized services such as cardiology, neurological care, and cancer care offered through other Sentara facilities. For emergency services, Sentara remains ready to provide access through Sentara Nightingale air ambulance and inter-hospital ground transport. For those customers who choose not to continue their care with Sentara through services offered in the Elizabeth City community or elsewhere, we will make a concerted effort to work with other local Outer Banks providers and communicate options for patients to continue receiving care locally.