December 22, 2014

One-year check-up on Hatteras medical
center is radio show's topic...WITH AUDIO


A one-year checkup on the Hatteras Village Medical Center, which is celebrating the first anniversary of its re-opening, was the topic of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on Sunday, Dec. 21.

"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM 99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.  It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.

The guests for this week's interview were Dennis Robinson, who is vice-president of the board of directors of the community non-profit that runs the center, and Gail Covington, a nurse practitioner who is the health care provider.

The Hatteras Village Medical Center was first opened as a rural health center in the 1960s through the efforts of Hatteras villagers.  In the 1990s, the center's doctors sold their practice to HealthEast Family Care of Greenville, which is now called Vidant.

At the end of 2010, HeathEast closed the Hatteras medical center and retreated to its new and bigger facility in Avon.

That move did not sit well with the folks in Hatteras village, who went to work to keep the center open. After three years of trying, they finally succeeded and the Hatteras Village Medical Center re-opened on Nov. 25 of last year.

Robinson and Covington talk about the services the center provides and how it's doing financially after the first year of business.

You can find out more about the Hatteras Village Medical Center at

The center is open from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4:30 Monday through Friday. Call 252-986-2756 for an appointment.

Scroll down to the "To the Point" logo -- an aerial photo of Cape Point -- and click to listen to the audio of the show.


On the show, IFP editor Irene Nolan will be interviewing newsmakers about the events and issues that affect all of us who live on Hatteras Island and those of us who love to visit here.

"You can expect to hear from folks who are making the news, those who are decision-makers, and some who are just plain interesting to talk to about the island and its past, present, and future," she says.

Because the station's all-volunteer staff and small budget are stretched tight, the show is pre-recorded.  At this point, listeners cannot call in questions.

Also, the station can be received only on Hatteras Island, though the board of directors of the community, non-profit hopes that funds can be raised soon for online streaming of the programming.

For now, the audio will be posted the week after the interview so Island Free Press readers who missed the show or who do not live on Hatteras can listen in.

You can let Nolan know about folks you would like her to interview and suggest questions to ask.  Send your ideas to [email protected].


Radio Hatteras is our community, non-profit radio station and depends on grants, memberships, and underwriting.

It broadcasts around the clock with news -- including such things as surfing and fishing reports -- community announcements, music, and special programs.

Our community radio station also needs your support, and you can give that by purchasing a membership or by underwriting the station if you are a business or another community non-profit.

Radio Hatteras memberships are $50 for a family, $25 for an individual and $10 for a student. Mail memberships and other contributions to Radio Hatteras, P.O. Box 339, Frisco, NC 27936.

E-mail [email protected] or call (252) 995-6000 for information about underwriting opportunities.

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