The Outer Banks Hospital is committed to providing high- quality care for our patients, including those who have been diagnosed with cancer. This year, The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Care Program began the process of becoming accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Being accredited ensures that our program provides high-quality patient-centered care. While we are on course to achieve accreditation, the real meaning is in the journey. I applaud the efforts of The Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Committee—the dedicated group of individuals who are working hard to achieve our goal. Each and every member has answered the call of duty to our patients so that the right care is right here. Providing this level of cancer care in our community is essential to lessen the travel and financial burden on families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Further, the journey does not end once we receive our accreditation; it has only just begun. Our commitment really shows in the care that our staff provides to patients every day. Our physicians, oncology nurse navigators, clinical staff and Hands of Hope staff and volunteers become your first and best advocates when you are facing a cancer diagnosis. Patients with cancer sometimes should and do receive care elsewhere. The Outer Banks Hospital provides care navigation to the cancer center of your choice and ongoing treatment such as cancer surgery, chemotherapy, radiation. We also offer support services like pain management, nutrition and resources for fnancial help. Your care, quality of life and wellness are our mission. To that end, I look forward to announcing in the very near future that our Cancer Care Program has achieved accreditation rom the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Ronnie Sloan, President The Outer Banks Hospital We Care. The Outer Banks Hospital 4800 S. Croatan Highway Nags Head, NC 27959 252.449-4500 www.theobh.com 2 The Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors Linda D. Palombo, EdD Chairman Ernest W. Larkin, MD Vice Chairman Beulah Charity Ashby Peter Bastone Arthur H. Keeney, III Jody Midgette Christine Petzing, MD Roger Robertson Steve Rodriguez Terry Wheeler Executive Staff Ronnie Sloan President Todd Warlitner Vice President, Business Operations Judy Bruno Vice President, Clinical Operations On the cover: Nags Head resident Pam Stilphen. Read her story on page 7. The Outer Banks Hospital, Inc., is a joint venture between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.