October 3, 2017
Sentara to cease services at Kitty Hawk location
BY MICHELLE WAGNER
The Outer Banks Sentinel
Albemarle Medical Center has announced that it will no longer provide
services at its Kitty Hawk location as of Dec. 15 due to mechanical and
structural problems with the nearly 30-year-old healthcare facility.
“Following three recent building assessments, we
realized the breadth of these structural issues,” Sentara Marketing and
Communications Advisor Annya Soucy told the Sentinel. “So we are unable
to provide the healthcare services to required standards.”
Sentara took over the former Regional Medical Center
in 2014, Soucy said. The facility currently employs 42 people and
provides services in urgent care, family medicine, orthopedic and
sports medicine, ob/gyn and outpatient surgery. Since late August, the
Advanced Imaging Center, Sentara Therapy Center and Outpatient
Laboratory on site have been closed due to air quality and other
Aside from Sentara Cardiology Specialists, located
in an adjacent office building, all those services will end in
December. However, Sentara will maintain its presence at its family
medicine practices in Manteo and Moyock as well.
As for emergency services, Soucy said that Sentara
Nightingale air ambulance and inter-hospital ground transport would
still be available.
Soucy said Sentara is currently working on a
transition plan for both employees and patients, and said that
information for patients regarding transfer of medical records and
other information is available on its website.
Sentara began making repairs to the building after
taking over operation three years ago, Soucy said. “We made lots of
repairs, to the roof in particular.” However, she said, multiple major
issues were discovered regarding the HVAC, air quality and building
The building is owned by Pasquotank County and was
built in two phases, the first taking place in 1991 and the last being
completed in 2003.
According to Dare County Manager Bobby Outten, the county’s Emergency Medical Services will not be impacted by the closure.
“The majority of our EMS calls go to the [Outer
Banks] hospital,” he said, adding that, with Dare MedFlight,
Nightingale services are only used as “kind of a backup.”