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Column: Resilience in the wake of Hurricane Florence 

By Ronnie Sloan

It’s been said times like these bring out the best in people. I know that to be true. Time and time again, as the people of eastern North Carolina are tested, we persevere. We rise above. We help our neighbors. We do what’s right.

I expected this to be the case as the Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group prepared, along with​other Vidant Health hospitals, clinics and entities for Hurricane Florence. While we monitored the storm, planned for the worst and hoped for the best, I never had any doubt this community would come together and remind me, yet again, of what makes this community special.

I witnessed hospital staff make arrangements to sleep here overnight, even when they weren’t sure what they would find when they returned home – or if they’d be able to.

I saw it again in the first responders, our emergency management and public health partners, and the local, state and national agencies who answered the call to help.

It is particularly humbling to watch members of our team travel to areas hardest hit by Florence and lend a hand at other Vidant facilities.  I know I’ll continue to witness this in the days, weeks and months to come, as these areas of our region will depend upon our continued dedication and support. While life will return to normal for some of us, for many, it will be a long while.

My sincere appreciation to the dedicated people across Vidant and throughout our communities. Thank you for all you do in support of the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.

It is my honor to serve alongside you.

Ronnie Sloan, FACHE, is president of the Outer Banks Hospital​.

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