Sanitary problems in Pender County continue due to the growth of the Wilmington area

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

She likes to help people feel better. But working in the countryside is not easy.

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

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As the need continues, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with Black River Health Services in Pender County to start a rural family medicine pathway. It will be led by Dr. Janalynn Beste, Family Medicine Residency Chair and Director of Residency at NHRMC, and Dr. Joe Pino, associate dean and director of the Wilmington campus of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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