Albemarle Health, a Vidant Health Partner, is northeastern North Carolina’s largest healthcare provider, serving a seven-county region of more than 130,000 year round residents. The beaches of the Outer Banks bring an estimated 7 million visitors to the region each year. The hospital’s service area includes Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties. The region is a rural, agriculture-based area. Albemarle Hospital is located in Elizabeth City, in Pasquotank County, the region’s economic hub.
The hospital offers our region state-of-the-art healthcare usually not seen in similarly sized community hospitals, including: vascular surgery; Small Incision Surgery; cardiac care including diagnostic catheterizations and pacemaker implantations; complete diagnostic imaging services including nuclear medicine, MRI, breast MRI, Mobile PET services, CT scans utilizing a 64-slice high definition CT scanner with cardiac imaging (that allows Albemarle Hospital to perform less invasive coronary CT procedures, and specialized neurological studies), and a PACS digital imaging system; multimodality cancer treatment; comprehensive rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as incontinence treatment and wound care; Greenlight PVP laser technology, used to treat prostate conditions; digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast specific gamma imaging for diagnosing breast cancer; and quality emergency services that include a dedicated minor care area.
Albemarle Health also includes a number of facilities throughout the region.
Regional Medical Center, in Kitty Hawk, houses an outpatient surgery center, which has been nationally recognized for customer satisfaction; a laboratory; diagnostic imaging services including CT, MRI and digital mammography; and offices for multiple physician specialists including general and vascular surgery, otolaryngology (ENT), neurology, cardiology, urology, gastroenterology, nephrology, oncology, pulmonology, rheumatology, allergy/asthma, podiatry, plastic, hand and reconstructive surgery and an urgent care center.
Regional Oncology Center is a state of the art cancer treatment facility located on the campus of Albemarle Hospital. This comfortable facility provides patients with a many types of cancer quality treatment employing CT simulation and multi-leaf intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which delivers precise doses of high energy radiation to tumors.
The Albemarle Health Sleep Center, in Elizabeth City, provides comprehensive diagnosis of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Albemarle Health offers primary care to residents of the Southern Outer Banks through Island Medical Center, in Manteo.
The Albemarle Hospital Foundation Community Care Clinic in Elizabeth City provides primary care and prescription services to the uninsured of Camden, Currituck, and Pasquotank counties.
Albemarle Health also established and supports Gateway Community Health Centers. These Federally Qualified Health Centers in Tyner (in partnership with Chowan Hospital) and Gatesville see patients of all ages and charge on a sliding scale based on income. Gateway also includes an Adolescent Care Center at Gates County High School which strives to meet the health needs of students and staff. In addition, a Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Program provides assistance and health programming focused on the local farm worker and Hispanic communities, including medical field clinics and screenings, assistance in accessing health resources, case management, interpretation services, advocacy, health education and a tutoring program for grades K-5.
More than 25,000 residents within the system’s service area are indigent, uninsured, and underinsured. Consequently, in fiscal year 2012, Albemarle Health wrote off almost $8 million in bad debt, provided almost $7 million in unreimbursed Medicare services and provided the community with almost $7 million worth of charity care, unreimbursed Medicaid services and community benefit programs/services.
In addition to its healthcare impact, Albemarle Health is a leading financial resource to the region. The system employs more than 1,000 people regionally, with more than $54 million in annual payroll and employee benefits.