CarolinaEast Health System and Local Providers Partner For 5th Annual Health Conference CarolinaEast Medical Center’s Crossroads Mental Health hosts New Bern’s Fifth Annual Health Conference to provide the community with an opportunity to learn what mental health resources are available in our area, as well as increase collaboration with state and local agencies, law enforcement, medical providers, consumers and their families. The Conference will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday September 25thfrom 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., with several scheduled presentations. The day will focus on the mental health crisis in our country and the continued efforts by healthcare professionals to better manage regionalRead More →

In a touching ceremony held on Sept. 11, 2020 in front of CarolinaEast Medical Center, President and CEO Ray Leggett recognized his entire health system family for their efforts during the COVID pandemic. In these unusual times, the 4th Annual Scott Whitford Unsung Hero Award is being shared amongst nearly 2,700 team members at CarolinaEast. CarolinaEast has many recognition programs, but one special award, the Scott Whitford Unsung Hero of the Year Award, is in honor of a beloved member of the CarolinaEast family who lost his life saving others. Whitford was a carpenter in CarolinaEast’s facility services department for seven years who, on JuneRead More →

Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients CarolinaEast Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2020. CarolinaEast is one of only 60 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling andRead More →

CarolinaEast Medical Center Emergency Department Nurse Ryan Buttner Became a patient after being exposed to COVID-19 while on the job. He was hospitalized at CarolinaEast for over a week. He was reunited at discharge with his wife and three children. “What a special moment it was seeing one of our own recover from this illness and get to go home to his beautiful family. #celebratethewins #healthcareheroes #CarolinaEastStrong #familyiseverything❤️,” CarolinaEast said on its Facebook page. Craven County, where CarolinaEast is located, has 187 active COVID-18 cases from a total of 950 infections as of Wednesday. Of those, 26 have died and 737 have recovered. Five CravenRead More →

Jim Davis, vice president of nursing services at CarolinaEast Medical Center, answers questions about COVID-19 and CEMC’s current situation. Q: Are there 14 patients at CEMC, or are they counting some at PruittHealth and other facilities where there have been outbreaks?  A: The health department reports Craven County residents that are hospitalized. There is never going to be matching numbers based on the time of day, and County of residence for our patients. We started the day yesterday with 17 Covid-19 positive hospitalized patients, and currently there are 13 hospitalized COVID positive patients, but they are not all Craven County residents; we have patients fromRead More →

Three of five COVID-19 deaths in Craven County over the past week involved patient at PruittHealth skilled nursing facilities in New Bern, according to data provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Two more patients from PruittHealth-Trent died this week, bringing the death toll at the facility to six. PruittHealth-Neuse reported its first death. PruittHealth-Trent is located at 836 Hospital Drive and PruttHealth-Neuse is located at 1303 Health Drive, both roughly across the street from CarolinaEast Medical Center. Meanwhile, Cherry Point Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Havelock was removed from the list of outbreaks, having contained its cases to twoRead More →

CarolinaEast Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on nationally recognized guidelines.CarolinaEast earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include the use of medications and other treatments aligned with up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The goal of the guidelines is to speed recovery and lower mortality for stroke patients as well as improve patients understanding of stroke causes and prevention. “CarolinaEast Medical Center is dedicated to improvingRead More →

Navy Veteran Rudy Armstrong recently suffered a stroke while on his houseboat that he built in Oriental, N.C., where he lives with his best buddy, a Chihuahua mix named Boo-Boo. He and Boo-Boo have a special bond and when Rudy couldn’t get to his phone to call for help, he looked his little friend in the eyes and said “I need help. Go get Kim.” Boo-Boo immediately ran off to get the Dockmaster, Kim, who called 911 and ultimately saved Rudy Armstrong’s life, with the help of the paramedics and CarolinaEast Medical Center staff caring for him. Armstrong, who has sailed all over the worldRead More →

A ninth Craven County resident died from complications related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The individual was a patient at PruittHealth-Trent, a nursing home in New Bern that has been in the midst of a severe COVID-19 outbreak for more than a week. Fourteen staff and 36 patients were positive for the virus as of today’s report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. That’s nine more cases than was reported Friday. The dead person was tested for COVID-19 on July 17, 2020 and resulted positive on July 18, 2020.  The death was reported to the Craven County Health DepartmentRead More →

PruittHealth-Trent, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on 836 Hospital Drive across the street from CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases that so far has affected 32 staff and patients there. Fourteen staff and 18 patients have tested positive for the virus in the first outbreak at a Craven County nursing facility. Another facility, Cherry Point Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 110 McCotter Blvd. in Havelock, reported that two staff members there have tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak at PruittHealth-Trent could account for a large portion of the 49 cases that have been added toRead More →