Health care woes in Pender County continue amid Wilmington area growth

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center is teaming up with Black River Health Services in Pender County to start a rural family medicine track.

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

She likes helping people feel better. But working in rural area is not easy.

“There’s definitely a lack of providers and a lack of resources in Pender County,” Vitadamo said. “I faced these challenges as a nurse and seen people face them, too.”

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As the need continues, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is teaming up with Black River Health Services in Pender County to start a rural family medicine track. It will be led by Dr. Janalynn Beste, family medicine residency chairwoman and residency director at NHRMC, and Dr. Joe Pino, associate dean and campus director of the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine’s Wilmington campus.

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