Health care problems persist in Pender County amid the growth of the Wilmington region

Cara Vitadamo has been a nurse since 2011 and has provided assistance to people in various rural settings including hospitals, homes and psychiatric care.

She loves helping people feel better. But working in rural areas is not easy.

“There is definitely a shortage of service providers and a lack of resources in Pinder County,” said Vietadamo. “I faced these challenges as a nurse and I saw people face them as well.”

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As the need continues, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with Black River Health Services in Pender County to begin a rural family medicine pathway. It will be led by Dr. Janalyn Best, Chief of Residency in Family Medicine and Director of Residency at NHRMC, and Dr. Joe Pino, Associate Dean and Campus Director at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Wilmington.

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