The prognosis has never been so positive for health care in the Eastern Region.
The region today is a center for health-care excellence and innovation, with East Carolina University in Greenville among the leaders. ECU is a major center of health-care research and is home to a medical school, nursing school and a college of allied health sciences.
The university's Brody School of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the country that emphasize primary care, according to the annual listing of the top graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. And ECU is making more medical news by adding a school of dental medicine that will see its first class begin in fall 2011.
East Carolina University is but one aspect of the region's health-care assets. From its major population centers and more rural locales, the region is blanketed by a strong network of 17 hospitals that provide a full range of treatment and cutting-edge medical technology.
University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina
University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina is an eight-hospital health services provider, with its flagship being the 861-bed Pitt County Memorial in Greenville. Pitt County Memorial's kidney disorder and rehabilitation services were ranked as high performing by US News on its annual Best Hospitals list in 2010.
UHS also operates Heritage Hospital in Tarboro, Burtie Memorial Hospital in Windsor, Chowan Hospital in Edenton, Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville, Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie and The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, and has a management agreement with Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.
UHS has 1,500 licensed beds spanning 29 counties, says Barbara Dunn, UHS director of public and customer relations. “We also have a legal affiliation agreement with the ECU Brody School of Medicine, with Pitt County Memorial serving as an academic center for their students," she says. "Pitt County Memorial can train up to 350 Brody School primary-care residents at any time.”
Lenoir Memorial Hospital is licensed for 261 beds, and the Kinston hospital serves patients in Lenoir, Greene, Jones and surrounding counties. LMH is not-for-profit with a staff of 100 physicians. The hospital offers services such as surgery, obstetrical and gynecological care, as well as specialized services that include cardiology, pulmonology and oncology. The hospital recently added thoracic and vascular surgery to its services.
Onslow Memorial Hospital was founded in 1944 and today is a 162-bed hospital in Jacksonville, along the Eastern Region coastline. OMH is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission, and the hospital has been undertaking several expansion projects in recent years. They include the opening of a revamped emergency department and surgical pavilion, and the 2011 debut of the Radiation Oncology Center.
Nash Health Care Systems began in 1971 and has grown to five different licensed medical entities, all in Rocky Mount, including the 280-bed Nash General Hospital, Coastal Plains Hospital for psychiatric patients, Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, Rocky Mount Community Hospital for long-term acute-care patients with chronic conditions and Nash Day Hospital for outpatient services.
NHCS has 2,000 employees and $500 million in annual revenues, says Larry Chewning, the system's president and CEO. The system's facilities serve more than 200,000 people, primarily in Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax and Wilson, many of whom live in rural areas.
Chewning says NHCS offers a full array of surgical and diagnostic services that include a heart center for catheterization, da Vinci robotic surgery and a joint replacement center. For seven consecutive years, Nash Health Care was ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in North Carolina by Business Carolina magazine in the areas of clinical excellence, critical care, orthopedic care and stroke care.
“We also deliver 1,300 babies annually,” Chewning says.
Hospitals in North Carolina's Eastern Region
Brynn Marr Behavioral Healthcare System, Jacksonville
Carolina East Medical Center, New Bern
Carteret County General Hospital, Morehead City
Caswell Developmental Center, Kinston
Cherry Hospital (State Psychiatric), Goldsboro
Duplin General Hospital, Kenansville
Halyburton Naval Hospital, Cherry Point
Heritage Hospital, Tarboro
Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Kinston
LifeCare Hospital, Rocky Mount
Nash Health Care Systems, Rocky Mount
Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune
Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville
Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville
Walter B Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center, Greenville
Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro
Wilson Medical Center, Wilson
The Brody School of Medicine
On the campus of East Carolina University, facilities include 489,000 square feet of classroom, lecture hall, teaching lab and conference room space, as well as a 525-seat auditorium, administrative offices for the School of Medicine and the Health Sciences Library. The complex also includes an MRI facility, outpatient center, pediatric outpatient center and a biotechnology center.
- Fourth oldest medical school in North Carolina, having opened in 1974
- Student body of about 450 students, and around 450 faculty members and researchers
- Ranked as a “top medical school” in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report for primary care, rural medicine and family medicine