Monday, June 27, 2016


As most of our readers know, Ocracoke does not have a hospital. However, we do have a small clinic, a dedicated resident doctor, and well-trained professional EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).

In cases of serious accident or illness, medical helicopters from Greenville, NC, or Norfolk, VA, can transport patients to a hospital. The United States Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, NC, also has  a Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter, an all weather, medium-range vehicle specialized for search and recovery.

Several days ago the MH-60 made a non-emergency landing at Ocracoke and I was able to make this photo. 

Ocracokers have always been grateful for the role the Coast Guard has played in the life of this small isolated commutity.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about one of the early July 4th Parades written by Alice Rondthaler in 1953. It is accompanied by vintage photos.You can read the Newsletter here:


  1. Don't forget there are other medical professionals who work part-time on the island and part-time off-island. In addition to EMT's you have PT's and OT's who live on the island.

    1. Don't forget your current resident full-time PT also used to be a resident EMT back about ten years ago.

    2. One last thing about the current PT, he is a former Coast Guard Aux. Member who was active duty in New Bern.

      Lots of stuff to learn about residents who serve other residents.

    3. Of course, you are correct. Thank you. We also have a resident home health care nurse as well as volunteer and paid caregivers.