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Halifax Regional is now Vidant North Hospital.

A naming ceremony this afternoon unveiled the new moniker.

It also reflected the changeover to Vidant which became official in June.

With the name change, Vidant Medical Group Medical Director Kenneth Robert announced four local physicians have now joined the Vidant system.

They are:

Roanoke Valley Surgical Associates which is now Vidant General Surgery

Roanoke Clinic which is now Vidant Family Medicine

Halifax Regional Cardiology which is now Vidant Health and Vascular Care 

Roanoke Valley Pulmonology which is now Vidant Sleep Medicine

Vidant North is now one of nine Vidant hospitals located throughout the region.

Will Mahone, Halifax North president, told a standing room only audience, the process to join Vidant started two years ago. “It’s been a great few months transitioning Halifax Regional into the Vidant system of care. Vidant understands the unique challenges of delivering healthcare in rural North Carolina and now, with Vidant North Hospital more fully aligned with the mission and vision and integrated with the system of care, we will continue to expand access to care and resources for this great community.”

Fannie Greene, chair of the director’s council of the former Halifax Regional, said the council was involved in the discussions which led to Vidant coming into the picture. “Vidant was the obvious choice.”

Jay Briley, president of Vidant Community Hospitals, said coming with the Vidant partnership will be a significant investment for Vidant North, which was previously reported to be $30 million in capital projects, and includes enhanced cancer services, new scanners and new electronic health records.

Said Robert: “The name may have changed, but the commitment to patients remains the same.”

Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, said,“Vidant is a system of care focused on providing high quality care and the best possible experience for those we serve. We are here to invest in health care for the community. We are doing this by hiring providers, adding new services to support cancer and stroke care and construction is underway to renovate cancer care facilities. We understand the challenges of delivering rural health care and we know how to get it right.”

Waldrum said he will be an advocate for addressing the challenges the system faces. “I’m committed to work on those whether it is in D.C. or Raleigh. We have great leadership and team members.”

The vision, he said, is for Vidant North to be a premier provider for specialty and urgent care for the northern region of Vidant’s service area. “Vidant is and will continue to invest in technology, facilities and importantly, the right team to deliver health care for the county and the surrounding communities.”

Said Waldrum: “Vidant North Hospital and nearby Vidant practices are important partners in a network of care that expands eastern North Carolina. Vidant strives to keep care close to home, and when needed, patients have access to a Level I Trauma and academic medical center in Greenville. 

“Vidant recently added EastCare services, both ground and air, at the hospital to ensure patients get the right care they need, when they need it. Vidant also offers a virtual care option to make it convenient for patients needing access to a provider in their home, at work or even while on vacation.”
Mayor Emery Doughtie said following the naming ceremony he was pleased with the move to Vidant. “We’ve had a hospital here since 1912. I would have hated to see something as important as a hospital being closed. I’m just thrilled to have them here.”