News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Schwartzenberg
Director of Community Outreach and Development,
The Outer Banks Hospital
(252) 449-5933
Date: August 6, 2021

The Outer Banks Hospital is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Community Benefit Grants Program. Grants are awarded for projects that will significantly increase access to healthcare and financial resources in our community for nearly 11,000 individuals in need. The grants listed below equal $120,000 in support of local organizations that will provide services to meet a variety of community needs this coming year.

Beach Food Pantry – Provide nutritious foods to Dare County children during the summer and on weekends during the school year
Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue Auxiliary, Inc. – Strengthen and expand access to care for residents on the northern beaches of the Outer Banks
Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County – Mindfulness-based wellness programs for students at Dare County Schools and LatinX community
Community Care Clinic of Dare – Medical care for uninsured/low income patients
Dare County Health Department’s Breaking Through Task Force – Public awareness and education campaign to reduce the stigma related to behavioral health
Dare County Health Department’s Women’s Health Programs – Prenatal ultrasounds and Breast Cancer diagnostics for underserved women in Dare County
Dare County Transportation – Transportation of patients to medical care appointments
Dare Minority Coalition – Provide wellness programs to vulnerable populations in Dare County
Interfaith Community Outreach – Medical assistance and crisis intervention
NC MedAssist – Free pharmacy services shipped directly to patients’ homes and an over-the-counter medication giveaway event in Dare County

Funds are generously provided by Vidant Health, with support from The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. Since 2006, The Outer Banks Hospital has granted $1,824,840 to organizations, of which over $1.57 million of the funding has come from Vidant Health.

The Outer Banks Hospital, located in Nags Head, North Carolina, offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. A joint venture between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the hospital opened in March 2002. The hospital’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality health care services. For more information, visit

Pictured Above (Front Row): Kahla Hall, Vidant Health Foundation; Leela Heyder, Calm Minds Kind Hearts; George Carver, Dare Minority Coalition; Elisabeth Silverthorne, Beach Food Pantry; Jennifer Schwartzenberg, The Outer Banks Hospital. (Back Row): Lyndsey Hornock, The Outer Banks Hospital; Tess Judge, The Outer Banks Hospital Board and Development Council; Ronnie Sloan, The Outer Banks Hospital; Wendy Hall, Dare County Health and Human Services; Radcliff Hester, Dare County Transportation; Tim McKeithan, Community Benefit Grants Committee; Amy Montgomery, The Outer Banks Hospital; Natalie McIntosh, Chair, Community Benefit Grants Committee; Jenniffer Albanese, Interfaith Community Outreach; Kelly Nettnin, Dare County Health and Human Services; Sara Sampson, Children & Youth Partnership; Betsy Wheeler, Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue Auxiliary.