FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
The Way I See It
On Jan. 14, we were proud to welcome hundreds of community members, patients, family members, donors, leaders, elected officials, strategic partners and supporters to our campus to celebrate and unveil our new name, Vidant North Hospital. Not only was this event an opportunity to open a new chapter in our hospital’s history book, it was also a time to reflect on how far we’ve come in our 109-year history of serving the healthcare needs of this community.
To give a little context, our first hospital opened in Roanoke Rapids in 1912. It was located on the corner of Roanoke Ave. and 7th St., and for many years that building and its staff served this area with the best possible medical treatment of the time. In 1972, when the needs of the area had grown beyond the capacity of the building, a 151- bed public hospital was constructed. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, a number of major expansions took place, and in 1992, a tower was added that greatly increased the licensed bed capacity. On March 6, 1998, the secretary of state approved the Articles of Restatement, which changed the name of the corporation from Halifax Memorial Hospital Inc. to Halifax Regional Medical Center Inc.
More than two decades later, on June 1, 2019, Halifax Regional Medical Center merged with Vidant Health to form Vidant North Hospital. Although a lot has changed, our mission to improve the health of Eastern North Carolina has remained the same. We’re proud to have a history full of change, growth and expansion, and we’re looking forward to continuing to meet the healthcare needs of our community in the future.