Kelly Say was recently discharged from CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern after battling COVID-19 for over a month. She was on a ventilator for several days but is slowly recovering from this awful respiratory illness. It was a heartwarming sight for her care team as she saw her three young sons for the first time in 34 days upon discharge from the hospital. Ms. Say is beyond glad to head home with her family but says “Thank you all my beautiful nurses and doctors for taking care of me. Love you guys so much! Really proud of you all.” This right here is exactlyRead More →

Effective Monday, July 6, CarolinaEast Health System is expanding limited visitation at CarolinaEast Medical Center and the Outpatient Surgery Center. CarolinaEast leadership has developed a plan to incrementally increase visitation with patient, visitor and staff safety remaining the highest priority. In late March, CarolinaEast postponed elective surgeries and restricted all visitation upon the recommendations of state and federal officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allow for unknowns related to the novel illness. As the situation has evolved, it has been determined that easing visitor restrictions is appropriate at this time. With some exceptions, patients will be allowed one designated visitor during limitedRead More →

He was standing in a near empty parking lot. She was standing in isolation at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Only a pane of glass separated them on their 25th anniversary. From CarolinaEast Medical Center: This sweet patient, Cynthia Williams, was made to feel quite special by her husband and CarolinaEast staff. Mr. and Mrs. Williams celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week and although they weren’t able to be together the way they’d hoped, Mr. Williams found a unique way to celebrate their marriage with flowers and a “visit” through a window at CarolinaEast. Mrs. Williams appreciated seeing her love, even in this unconventional way. HappyRead More →

As the visitor restrictions remain in place through the COVID-19 pandemic, CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital staff continues to advocate for their patients and help them see their loved ones the best way they can during these unprecedented times. An untraditional “visit” through the window allowed recovering stroke patient Sheryl Rushton to see, “touch,” and blow kisses to her husband and three daughters, which undoubtedly meant the world to this sweet Eastern NC family.Read More →

The Duke Endowment have approved a grant to the CarolinaEast Foundation in the amount of $287,000 to fund the establishment of a community paramedicine program for Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. CarolinaEast’s Endowment grant will be used to establish a community paramedicine program that provides education and coordination to Heart Failure (HF) patients as well as high utilizers of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across three counties. The intent of the program is to increase available resources, level of independentRead More →

CarolinaEast’s Food and Nutrition team has been collecting food, toiletry and other needed items in the CarolinaEast Medical Center Cafeteria for donation to Religious Community Services (RCS) food bank. CarolinaEast employees donated over 150 “Blessing Bags” for RCS shelter residents in addition to many bags and boxes of non-perishables. A group of Food and Nutrition staff usually get together to cook a meal in the RCS kitchen monthly and since COVID-19 has limited that volunteer opportunity, they decided to give back in a different way.Read More →

This nice family found a way to celebrate their loved one’s 55th birthday in spite of a pandemic. They met in the CarolinaEast Medical Center parking lot, including the patient’s beloved fur-buddy Petey, and CarolinaEast staff brought him to a room with a window overlooking them to see and wave to his family. It was a sweet moment in the face of a difficult time of being hospitalized with no visitation allowed. The small gestures sometimes make all the difference.  Read More →

The CarolinaEast Introductory Care Unit (CICU) staff at CarolinaEast Medical Center in Coastal North Carolina created an “Under the Sea” themed door to lift the spirits of a COVID-19 positive patient. Decorations aside, the photo gives the public an idea of the treatment that COVID-19 patients are receiving at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Although there are no COVID-19 patients at CarolinaEast as of today, the facility has served as many as seven at one time since mid-March. “On this National Nurses Week, the passion and compassion of our nursing staff is recognized and evident in their quality patient care, as well as the little things theyRead More →

On Monday, May 4, 2020, CarolinaEast Health System began implementing the first phase of reintroducing elective procedures. CarolinaEast leadership have developed a strategic plan to reintroduce these procedures gradually with patient and staff safety remaining their highest priority. ​In late March, CarolinaEast postponed non-essential surgeries upon the recommendations of state and federal officials to allow for the unknown impacts of COVID-19. Since that time, CarolinaEast leadership has been making preparations to resume elective surgeries and reopen outpatient services in a phased, safe and strategic manner. Recent guidance from various governmental and health care organizations has determined that this is the appropriate time to implement phase one.  “A multidisciplinary team has been meeting regularlyRead More →

Craven County’s COVID-19 case count has reached 39, an increase of three over the past few days but a smaller increase than has been experienced in Pitt, Onslow, and Lenoir counties, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services statistics. Still, among its neighbors, Craven County continues to have more COVID-19 deaths, with four, twice as many as Pitt, Carteret, and Jones counties.   The Craven County Health Department still reports 36 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12:30 p.m. on April 23, 2020. The state does not report specific county data, but the county Health Department does. Based on its count of 36Read More →