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Find Great Health Care Close to Home in Elizabeth City

Expanded services and new facilities mean patients no longer have to drive long distances to get that crucial exam or lab test.

By Laura Hill on March 3, 2022

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The days of driving long distances to see the right doctor, get a much-needed lab test, or receive state-of-the-art hospital care are rapidly vanishing, as health care professionals expand their presence in Elizabeth City.

From a new wellness-oriented hospital to specialty clinics for cardiac treatment or primary care to a community hospital in nearby Edenton, the region is in an exciting growth mode, bringing care close to home.

Expanding Health Care in Elizabeth City

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, which has served Elizabeth City residents for 60 years, is on its way to becoming the Sentara Albemarle Regional Health Campus, a multifaceted medical hub set for completion in 2024.

The first building on the campus, scheduled to open in 2022, is a two-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office facility.

“The investment in this new health campus is tangible evidence of Sentara’s commitment to serve this community for the long haul and to continue our mission to improve health every day,” Phillip Jackson, president of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, said at the time of the groundbreaking in September 2021.

“It will be an attractive place for patients to receive state-of-the-art care in their own community and to help keep our patients as healthy as they can be, so they don’t need to be in the hospital.”

A Healthy Future

The 135-acre Sentara Albemarle Regional Health Campus will feature a new 80-bed hospital as well as a new headquarters building for the Camden-Pasquotank County EMS service. The projected cost is $158 million.

The hospital will feature a patient-centric, high-efficiency layout. The emphasis will be on preventive care, using remote outpatient technology in the hopes of preventing hospitalization. “This approach to care is turning out to be better for our patients, who enjoy better outcomes, and it helps bend the cost curve downward,” Jackson further stated.

Once the new hospital has been built, the current hospital site will be retained by Pasquotank County, which will likely redevelop the location.

In nearby Edenton, a modern 25-bed critical access hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, offers inpatient and outpatient services that include emergency services, behavioral health care, women’s services, pulmonology, cancer treatment, pain management, heart and vascular care, nephrology and much more. The hospital serves 110,000 people in a six-county area.

More Specialties Close to Home

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is also expanding its commitment to Elizabeth City, bringing primary care and specialty services to the area and enabling patients to avoid a long drive.

“About 12 years ago, we opened a sleep lab in Elizabeth City, and at the time, the area was underserved,” says Christine Hustedt, Chesapeake Regional Medical Group’s director of operations.

“People will travel for surgery, but not for things that aren’t any better somewhere else, like lab services, CT scans and so on.
So, we’ve tried to bring the services people want to have
close to home.”

Christine Hustedt | Chesapeake Regional Medical Group

Over the past few years, the Chesapeake, Virginia-based provider has opened several new locations, including Chesapeake Regional Primary Care-Elizabeth City, Chesapeake Regional Surgical Specialists, Chesapeake Regional Breast Care and Chesapeake Regional Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.

In the near future, Hustedt says she hopes to see Chesapeake Regional open additional primary care offices in the area, and a “true urgent care” facility. What determines Chesapeake Regional’s planning, she says, is patient demand.

“We make a point of surveying people in the community,” Hustedt says. “We’re always listening and keeping a tally so we can create a strategic plan around that. We’d really like to hear from people. It’s very helpful for us.”

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