Outer Banks Family Medicine, Urgent Care to get a new home

By on July 1, 2018

Outer Banks Family Medicine will be in a separate building.

By this time next summer, Outer Banks Family Medicine and The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center, which are both in The Marketplace in Southern Shores, should be settled into brand new buildings in Kitty Hawk.

They will go up next to the existing Outer Banks Ear Nose and Throat, forming the north campus of the Outer Banks Medical Group.

Since Sentara Urgent Care closed in December, north beach residents have expressed concerns over the loss of medical services, said Lynne Miles, administrator of Regional Operations for The Outer Banks Hospital and Outer Banks Medical Group.

“Offering increased services and access to care is at the core of our mission because it translates to keeping care local for the residents and visitors of Dare County,” she said.

Both buildings will have more exam rooms than the existing medical offices. They will also have parking spaces closer to the front doors, making things a little easier on patients with mobility impairments or other health challenges.

Construction has already begun on the Urgent Care Center, and according to Miles, breaking ground on the Family Medicine practice should begin very shortly.

The Urgent Care Center will move to Kitty Hawk. (A.R. Chesson)

The new buildings come courtesy of a land swap and rezoning proposed by Putter Lane OBX LLC to the Kitty Hawk Town Council back in February.

Under the terms of the deal, Kitty Hawk gave two residential lots owned by the town worth an estimated $213,000, 5117 and 5113 Putter Lane, to Putter Lane OBX in exchange for four residential lots worth an estimated $426,000.

Then as part of the deal 5117 and 5113 Putter Lane were rezoned as emergency and government services, paving the way for the medical offices to be built there.

The rezoning did not come without controversy, as it was seen by some as conflicting with the Kitty Hawk Land Use Plan. Several residents expressed concern that it would hurt their property values. But the Town Council largely considered it to be a matter of the greater public good and passed the measure unanimously.

“It gave us more options,” said Town Manger Andy Stewart. “It was an opportunity for Vidant and it meant more property for the town, which was in the best interest of the residents.”

Increasing access to medical care for Kitty Hawk residents was also a factor that weighed heavily on the town’s decision, particularly in the wake of Sentara’s departure from the office just north of where the new buildings are going up.

“I understand the concern about property values,” Mayor Gary Perry said during a Town Council meeting on Feb. 5. “On the other hand, we also have an obligation to provide medical services, which right now we do not have simply because everything is shut down or went away and we do not know if it is coming back.

“Do we grab this opportunity or do we let it go by?”

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  • murph

    It’s nice to see that decisions coming out of KH government are made in a logical manner, with some creativity, and with the community’s interest as a whole. Sure wish Southern Shores could find a few managers/mayor to make those kinds of decisions.

    Monday, Jul 2 @ 7:03 am
  • Nigel

    “residents have expressed concerns over the loss of medical services”. Depends on whom you ask I suppose.

    Surf Pediatrics & Family Medicine has always given & continues to give great care to our community!

    Monday, Jul 2 @ 7:03 am
  • Sheila

    glad to hear it…I used the old Sentara urgent care several times from my house in Duck…some times you need a facility with extended hours for those” Friday night fishhook in the right thumb because you were trying to do the right thing and clean the beach” moments whereas driving all the way to the hospital in Nags Head alone with a straight shift car would have not been a good option.

    Monday, Jul 2 @ 11:37 am
  • Amy

    Manteo is losing Sentara. Only option is Vidant and she’s not taking new patients.

    Monday, Jul 2 @ 4:48 pm
  • To be, rather than to seem

    Factually, this change either went against existing land use plan, or it didn’t. Not “some people thought”. What will happen with that big empty building to the north, now vacant?

    Monday, Jul 2 @ 6:43 pm
  • tim

    Where are the 4 residential lots swapped to the city? What are they going to do with them?

    Tuesday, Jul 3 @ 10:40 am
  • Manteao Guy

    @to be – Land Use Plans are just guides, not requirements.

    Tuesday, Jul 3 @ 10:51 am