Following is a first-person perspective working behind the scenes at CarolinaEast Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Joshua Hardee, BBA/HCM, CarolinaEast Health Systems Maintenance Whew…Where do I begin? 2020 has been one of the most trying years of my life. We lost my wife’s grandmother, and then my grandfather passed in January. My wife had surgery and I had my own health scares, along with being laid off a part-time job, and seeing the result of COVID-19 shutdown on my own small business in the Pool and Spa Industry. COVID has changed a lot, even in my role on the board with a localRead More →

A 240-unit multifamily development will be build in the Carolina Colours subdivision of New Bern, following the need for rental housing in the area. The Hudson at Carolina Colours will answer an increasing demand for contemporary rental housing in the market, the company announced in a news release. The project will rise on a parcel of land within the Carolina Colours single-family home community on what is being called “arguably the best available site in the area for multifamily development,” the developer said. The Hudson at Carolina Colours will be located across from the Carolina Colours Towne Centre shopping center within the Carolina Colours golfingRead More →

The Craven County Health Department has developed a webpage to address frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, clinics, and availability. The Vaccine FAQs page can be found on the Quick Links tab and COVID-19 Information and Resources page of the Craven County website at The content of that page, as of Jan. 22, 2021, is the following: How do I make an appointment?  CarolinaEast Health System and Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) will call their existing patients that are 65 years of age and older to schedule an appointment. Craven County Health Department has an online registration system. The link can be found at on the vaccineRead More →

CarolinaEast Medical Center was awarded an “A” in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes CarolinaEast’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safe health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” or “F” grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. “We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nationRead More →

By Wendy Littrell, RN – RACCarolinaEast Medical Center My name is Wendy Littrell and I have been a nurse here at CarolinaEast Medical Center for 18 years. Some of you may know me as the “tall blonde” wearing the mask during the flu season for years. I did not know that I would be setting a trend for years later! My COVID-19 story is a little different from others. My story revolves around my sister Kaiya. She is 59 years old and lives in Jacksonville. She and her husband are retired Marines and have two college-age children. Shortly after the onset of COVID-19, Kaiya wasRead More →

CarolinaEast Medical Center reached its highest number of COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, with 42 beds occupied and forcing a third COVID ward to be opened. CarolinaEast set its record on the same day that Craven County itself set a record for residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 29 patients. CarolinaEast Medical Center is a regional facility that serves Craven and surrounding counties. Dr. Ronald May, CarolinaEast Vice President of Medical Affairs, said staff members are exhausted and this current spike is still stemming from the Thanksgiving holiday, WCTI News Channel 12 reported. May said he believes there is more to come. “We haven’t seen anyRead More →

Craven County set a one-day record of 29 residents hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. The previous record was 27 cases set on Oct. 15 and tied on Dec. 28. CarolinaEast Medical Center has 35 total COVID-19 cases and its ICU beds are at 80 percent capacity, according to New York Times tracking data. CarolinaEast has five remaining ICU beds available, according to the tracking data. Meanwhile the number of new cases in Craven County jumped by 86 between Monday and Tuesday, with one new death. It’s too early to tell whether the jump in cases over the last 24 hours isRead More →

Death toll now up to 80 with 2 new deaths The renewed post-Thanksgiving spike in new COVID-19 cases shows no sign of abating as Craven County approaches the two-week Christmas break. With 69 new cases in a 24-hour period (the fifth highest one-day increase since the pandemic started) and two new deaths of Craven County residents, the last 24 hours offered little to be optimistic about. Craven County has 3,986 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Of those, 638 are active cases, 14 are hospitalized, and 80 have died. An interesting development from census data at CarolinaEast: the numberRead More →

Craven County isn’t quite through the post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 spike, if the number of new cases between Monday and Tuesday is any indicator. After a lull of a couple of days, Craven County’s daily COVID-19 count increased by 79 cases from Monday to Tuesday, second only to Dec. 10, when there were 86 new cases. Meanwhile, Craven County Schools reported 3 staff members and 14 students who have tested positive for COVID-19. This information was reported to the school system during the dates of Dec. 10-14, 2020. This is not considered a cluster since the cases are not at the same school campus. Here’s the cumulativeRead More →

UPDATED 12/9/2020CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern is among 11 North Carolina hospitals that will receive the first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine, and that vaccine will go to front line health care workers, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. The list of facilities receiving the early shipments is small due to the limited supply of vaccines that will be made available. “The initial supply of vaccines will all go to a limited number of hospitals to vaccinate health care workers at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 – those who are caring for or cleaning areas usedRead More →