Hospitals of the Inner Banks

Jun 2, 2021 | About Albemarle

Dedicated to health care, hospitals are the healing centers for a host of diseases and other physical & mental conditions. With specialized staff to look into specific concerns and abnormalities, today’s hospitals are known for their hospitality. In addition, the immensely responsible hospital staff make hospitals more than just a house for the sick. Today’s hospitals are equipped with state-of-the art technology and infrastructure to serve the masses, which is also the reason why many people are flocking these places for their health concerns.  And luckily for us, we have many in the area to meet all of our needs.

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center:  Not far down the road in Elizabeth City, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is a 182 bed, full service facility offering a wide range of services, including: inpatient and critical care, a full array of surgical services, comprehensive women’s care, cardiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation services and more. Sentara Albemarle Medical Center has assembled a medical staff of more than 100 physicians, representing nearly 30 specialties, and a caring staff of almost 1,000 employees.

Vidant Chowan Hospital is located in Edenton and is slightly smaller than Sentara Albemarle Medical Center and is one of the oldest in the area.  It was opened in 1947and has since moved twice and an additional wing was built in 1988.  It is a part of the University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.  The hospital has 49 general hospital beds and 40 general nursing home beds. It also has three Shared Inpatient/Ambulatory Surgery and one Endoscopy operating room.

Vidant Medical Center  in Greenville, NC has a similar name but a much different pace!  It is the primary teaching hospital for East Carolina University‘s Brody School of Medicine and is the flagship medical center for Vidant Health. Vidant is a Level 1 Trauma Center, one of 6 in the state of NC. It is the only level I trauma center east of Raleigh, and thus is the hub of medical care for a broad and complicated rural region of over 2 million people. Vidant Medical Center is the largest employer in Eastern North Carolina and 20th overall in the state.  Vidant Medical has over 974 beds. Of the 974 beds, 847 are general beds, 75 are rehab beds, and 52 are psychiatric beds. The hospital has 37 operating rooms.  Just another day at the office!

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA is another large hospital in our area that shares a name with its local Albemarle affiliate but a much different experience.   SNGH is a large academic hospital, which serves as the primary teaching institution for the adjacent Eastern Virginia Medical School.  The hospital serves as the Hampton Roads region’s only Level I trauma center The hospital is interconnected to the Sentara Heart Hospital, however, it is considered a separate institution. Together with the adjacent Children’s Hospital of the King’s DaughtersEastern Virginia Medical School and the Norfolk Department of Health, the Eastern Virginia Medical Center is the largest conglomerate center for health in Hampton Roads.   For a time, the U.S. News & World Report rated it the best in Virginia!


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