News Release
For Immediate Release
The Outer Banks Hospital
Wendy Kelly
Director of Marketing
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Outer Banks Community Foundation
Chris Sawin
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Nags Head, N.C. – February 1, 2022 – The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council is pleased to announce that the Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded a multi-year, capital grant of $250,000 to support construction of the world-class Outpatient Cancer Center. The 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art center will co-locate all of the hospital’s cancer services under one roof to provide compassionate, coordinated, and innovative cancer care to the Outer Banks community and surrounding regions.

“This grant to the Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Center reflects the type of investment that our founders and early donors envisioned when the Community Foundation was established forty years ago,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin. “Since 1982, investments made to the Community Fund and other funds continue to build our capacity to be involved in our region’s most pressing projects, causes, and opportunities. We invite our family of donors to join us in this effort.”

The 2019 Dare County Community Health Needs Assessment demonstrated that cancer is the leading cause of death in Dare County, a harsh reality for our small community. Since 2014, The Outer Banks Hospital has been focused on elevating cancer care services and is one of a small number of hospitals with 25 beds or less to have achieved an accredited cancer program through the Commission on Cancer. The goal with this new cancer center is to continue to improve the quality of life and experience for patients and caregivers who are facing the uncertainties that come with a cancer diagnosis.

“The Community Foundation is a tremendous partner and this contribution will make a lasting impact on the lives of those who require and deserve tightly coordinated cancer services in one convenient location,” said Ronnie Sloan, FACHE, president of The Outer Banks Hospital. “This greathearted commitment puts us over the halfway point in our capital campaign and we celebrate that achievement,” noted Sloan. “Still, we know that it will require hard work and the support of our entire community to cross the finish line.”

If you wish to get involved and join the race to the finish line, contact Jennifer Schwartzenberg, director of community outreach and development at 252-449-5933.

The Outer Banks Hospital is a full service, community hospital offering a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. A partnership between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the hospital is designed specifically to meet the health needs of our coastal community, whose year-round population of 35,000 swells to over 250,000 in the summer season. The hospital is an approved provider of Medicare and Medicaid programs, licensed by the Division of Facility Services, and accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the College of American Pathologists, and the American College of Radiology.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $25 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to nonprofits, administers 60 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.