The CarolinaEast Foundation is proud to announce the final results of the 2020 CarolinaEast Health System Employee Campaign. “Everyday Heroes: Kindness Behind the Mask”, with over 50 percent of the work force at CarolinaEast giving of their time and dollars over this annual two week long fundraising campaign, brought in a remarkable total of $441,383.00. 100 percent of those dollars are dedicated to directly serving the healthcare needs of the local communities in eastern North Carolina. This is the 24th annual Employee Campaign, but perhaps the most unforgettable one yet in light of this year’s global health pandemic. In the midst of caring for manyRead More →

Local Domino’s owner Stan Gage presented pizza to every staff member at CarolinaEast Health System one day last week. Gage and his team made and delivered over 700 fresh, hot pizzas to CarolinaEast Medical Center and all 21 offsite clinics. “This is the second time Domino’s has stepped up to support our healthcare heroes during this pandemic and we are overwhelmed by their generosity,” the health system said in a news release. See some more images, below.Read More →

The American College of Cardiology has recognized CarolinaEast Medical Center for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care. CarolinaEast was awarded the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence in October based on meeting accreditation criteria, and through their ongoing performance registry reporting. The ACC HeartCARE Center designation indicates that CarolinaEast has met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns. CarolinaEast currently has an ACC accredited Heart Failure Program, Cardiac Cath Lab and Chest Pain Center with PCI. “We take extreme pride in our excellence in heart care atRead More →

By Lindsay Finn, BSRT, RRT, RCP Tension were high even before our first COVID-19 case at CarolinaEast Medical Center. There were so many unknowns and we had no idea what to expect. We are now several months (almost a year) into this pandemic and we are still here. Fighting this silent disease that does not care about your age, gender, or ethnicity. I am a respiratory therapist who is frequently assigned to the COVID-19 units that contain very complex cases. We run the ventilators, participate in intubation, and provide all respiratory support to these patients. Some days are harder than others. Some do not survive.Read More →

The ceremony is open to the public and will be offered virtually and drive-in The CarolinaEast Medical Center Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Committee will host the 6th Annual Community National Day of Remembrance, an event to memorialize and remember infants lost. The public is invited to attend to comfort grieving families and friends and light a faux candle in remembrance and support. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the front parking lot of CarolinaEast Medical Center, 2000 Neuse Blvd., New Bern. October is designated nationally as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month to promote awareness and provide information regarding resourcesRead More →

Four unidentifiable Craven County residents died of COVID-19-related causes since Friday over a weekend that saw an increase of 88 lab-confirmed cases in the county. Hospitalizations of Craven County COVID-19 patients have declined to 16 after reaching a record high 25 cases on Friday. Some of that decline may be because of the four deaths over the weekend. The 41st Craven County resident died on October 2, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 22, 2020, and resulted positive on Sept. 24, 2020. The 42nd Craven County resident died on Oct. 2, 2020. The individual was tested on Sept. 21, 2020 and resultedRead More →

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 →