Updated with information about ventilators How prepared is CarolinaEast based on the possibility of the virus striking hard in our area?  We are as prepared as we can be. We have created multiple additional care areas outfitted with isolation rooms, we have inventoried ventilators and all personal protective equipment, and we are cross training staff, among other things. Of course preventive measures such as visitor restrictions, stopping elective surgeries to conserve PPE, the screening of everyone entering the building for symptoms, etc. Do Ray Leggett (president and CEO of CarolinaEast) or the Contract Company that staffs the ER have any comment or insights they wishRead More →

CarolinaEast Health System is further expanding visitor restrictions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In light of the most recent guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), CarolinaEast is taking the additional measure of restricting all visitation at its facilities to protect patients, staff and the community. Effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, no visitors will be allowed at CarolinaEast Medical Center and CarolinaEast Surgery Center. This applies to all areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Department, and outpatient Surgery Center. Nursing staff and the attending physician will workRead More →

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, CarolinaEast Health System is screening all patients and visitors for signs of or potential exposure to coronavirus COVID-19 before being allowed in their facilities, to include the medical center, surgery center and physician practices. At all points of entry, CarolinaEast staff is asking patients and visitors specific questions that will identify whether they should undergo further evaluation before being allowed into the health system facilities. A tent has also been set up outside the emergency department to serve as a shelter to screen patients before they enter the building and a protocol is in place for those showing symptoms. ThisRead More →