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Volume .'5, Number 27
Vanceboro, North Carolina
Medical Center Has All The Latest
THE DOCTOR IS IN—Leftto right, Donna Kite Stilley of
Spruilltown is a lab technician, Dr, Rodney Hornbake is a
Generalist, Nanette McKeel is a receptionist/secretarial
It was the beauty of East Carolina that attracted
the brains of Dr. Rodney Hornbake.
After four years of college at Purdue and seven
years of medical schooling at the University of
Pittsburgh, Dr. Hornbake and his wife could have
settled down anywhere in the country where a doctor
was needed but the Hornbakes had been on vacation
up and down the Carolina coast a number of times-
Outer Banks, Emerald Isles, etc.-and they decided to
make this area their home.
Second choice was asmall town in the mountainsof
Virginia just north of Winston-Salem. He grew up in
Beaver, Pa., population 6,000.
For the last four years Dr. Hornbake has been one
of several doctors practicing at the Eastern Carolina
Internal Medicine Center also known as the
Vanceboro Medical Center.
The Cented was built in the early 1970’s with
money raised by the community and public or
foundation money during a time when there was a
shortage of physicians in East Carolina.
But now this area is head and shoulders with the
rest of the country when it comes to medical care
thanks to Rodney and his seven partners who rotate
between the Center here and two others in
Pollocksville and Havelock.
Soon the Vanceboro Medical Center will be adding
■X-ray facilities and they can already do
electrocardiograms, they have a full time lab
technician who does blood analysis, they can do
pulmonary function tests to follow people with
chronic lung diseases, and they have a minor trauma
center with an ambulance port for people needing
their lacerations sewed up, heart attack victims, etc.
There are four examining rooms, a waiting room
area, and an office.
Dr. Hornbake explained the situation as follows:
“Our main office in Pollocksville takes patients from
all over East Carolina and our office in Havelock is
just like the office here in Vanceboro.
“Between the three offices there are eight
physicians and among the eight of us at any one time
there are probably 50 or more of our patients in
Craven County Hospital and with that many patients
in the hospital it is necessary that one of the doctors
be on call for the hospital at all times and the eight of
us take turns.
“This is why the same doctor is not in Vanceboro
every day and why all eight doctors live in New Bern
.so they can be near the hospital when it is their turn to
be on call.
“I spend about two days a week in Vanceboro, two
days in Havelock, and a day on call at Craven County
Hospital while Dr. Pocock spends three days here,
one at Havelock, and one at the hospital.”
Dr. Hornbake and his seven partners can be
described as primary care doctors taking the role of
the one-time general practitioner who did everything
until the late 1800’s when doctors began to specialize.
Dr. Hornbake and his partners all specialize in
internal medicine which is concerned with the care of
internal diseases in adult patients.
Of the eight doctors four are generalists and four
are sub-specialists with Dr. Hornbake being a
The four sub-specialists are in the area of
cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumotology, and
Except for a few specialized areas there is almost
total overlap in the abilities of the eight doctors and
they are usually the first doctor a patient comes in to
see and most of the time they are able to handle the
problem unless the patient is referred to another
doctor, for example a broken bone would be sent to an
orthopedic surgeon who does nothing but take care of
bones and joints.
Asked if this area shows a higher rate of disease in
special cases. Dr. Horbake said the southeast U. S.
has a much higher rate of kidney stones which on
theory may be due to an absence of soil elements here
that inhibit stone formation in other areas of the
He also said North Carolina has a higher rate of
tuberculosis. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and
sarcoidosis which is a chronic disease affecting
mainly the lungs among the black population.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE COB KIND-There’s
no tell in' what a boy of 11 isgoing toget his nose into during
summer vacation. In this ease it was boy wonder Dale
Gaskins of Vanceboro in a staredown duel against a
rhinocerous beetle in the back.vard of Granddaddy Ralph
Craven County Board of Commissioners
Dist. 1 Seat 1 Votes
BIG WINNER—Flora Fortner of Cowpens Landing got
the 19" color t.v. in the Wachovia Bank door prizedrawing
following their grand opening, (.see page 10)
Question of the Week: What changes would you like at the Vanceboro Library after it relocates?
Shirley Bryan of Vanceboro
“I’d like to see daily newspapers like the
Wall Street Journal, the News and
Observer, magazines like U.S. News and
» rld Report, Time. I’d like to purchase a
) of coffee to drink while I’m reading.
Sybil Whitford of Vanceboro
"I would like extra carrels, better books
and more books, daily newspapers like the
News and Observer and the New Bern
paper, a few popular magazines like Good
Housekeeping and Family Health.
Alan Jordan of Vanceboro
■ How about a few good magazines like Hot
Rod and Car Craft and maybe a flying
magazine or two. Also a video casette
recorder with a collection of current movies
on video casette tape. ’
Ruth Witheringlon of Vanceboro
“I think they need some learning
magazines like National Geographic and
Smithsonian so more people use the library
rather than watch t.v. Also short educational
movies and classical recordings.