Cheryl Ballance, the Ocracoke Health Center CEO, at right, helps at the first Ocracoke Seafood Festival in 2019 that benefitted the health center. Photo: C. Leinbach

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After almost 30 years serving the communities of Hyde County, Cheryl Ballance will retire as CEO of the Ocracoke Health Center.

Through the years, Ballance worked as an R.N. for the health center as well as Hyde County Health Department.

Under her administration, the Ocracoke Health Center and Engelhard Medical Center became a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in 2013 providing quality medical care to residents and visitors of Hyde County and opened the first pharmacy in the county in 2014 at the Engelhard Medical Center.

She has remained committed to having strong teams of clinical and administrative staff at both locations to provide quality healthcare in this area.

“My career at the health center has been very fulfilling and I’ve really enjoyed working with my staff and the communities of Hyde County, but it’s time for me to step down,” Ballance said. “Although challenging with the uniqueness of the area and hurricanes, it has been fulfilling to see both centers flourish and continue to provide consistent and quality service to our residents.”

The Ocracoke Health Center is not taking walk-ins, but patients may call for appointments (phone or virtual) at 252-928-1511. Photo: C. Leinbach

With Ballance retiring, the board of directors of the Health Centers have established a CEO Search Committee. Finding a replacement for Ballance will not be easy and they are emphasizing the need for a strong leader that can continue to guide the growth of this organization and someone who loves and appreciates this rural area and the uniqueness of living and working here.

They have set a goal to find a qualified candidate by May and have engaged the SPARKS Group to manage the recruitment process.

Interested applicants can send their resume to Chelsea Liddell and view the job listing

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