For the third consecutive year, CarolinaEast Medical Center was named one of the top hospitals in the United States by Newsweek magazine in its annual “World’s Best Hospitals” rankings released in March. The 2021 list put CarolinaEast at 115th out of 6,090 hospitals in the United States. Newsweek, a news magazine with roots dating to 1933, is in its third year with World’s Best Hospitals rankings. “The 2,000 hospitals named in this list—which covers 25 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada — stand out for their consistent excellence, including distinguished physicians, top-notch nursing care and state-of-the-art technology,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek. Newsweek collaborated with StatistaRead More →

For the sixth year in a row, CarolinaEast Medical Center has been named one of the top best hospitals in the state by Business North Carolina magazine in their annual “Best Hospitals” issue released in March. The 2021 ranking lands CarolinaEast tied for sixth. CarolinaEast is the highest ranked hospital in Eastern North Carolina. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington tied for 20th. No other hospitals in Eastern North Carolina made the Top 20 rankings. Carteret Health Care in Morehead City and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville both received recognition for bariatric surgery but were not listed in the over-all rankings. Onslow Memorial HospitalRead More →

Available for individuals who meet NC vaccination criteria On Saturday, March 6, 2021, CarolinaEast Health System will be hosting a multi-site COVID-19 Community Vaccination Event in Craven County. The event will take place at three locations, including CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Vanceboro (620 Farmlife Ave., Vanceboro), CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Havelock (532 Webb Blvd., Havelock) and New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (203 S. Front St., New Bern). Vaccinations, by appointment only, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We are pleased to have the ability to offer the vaccine to more in our community,” said Brandy Popp, Public Relations and Community Outreach ManagerRead More →

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 →