Healthcare – Key Factor Summary

  • Regional health care center serving 29 county region and more than 1.4 million people
  • Pitt County among top 3 counties in N.C. for physicians per person ratio
  • Vidant Medical Center (formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital) is one of four designated Level I Trauma Centers in North Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at ECU
  • Over 60% of Vidant Medical Center’s patient load originates outside Pitt County
  • First medical center in N.C. to start air ambulance service (helicopter) for critically ill. Vidant Health now has three helicopters in its air transport fleet.
  • Vidant Medical Center has active medical staff of over 750 representing more than 70 medical specialties
  • Specialized services include chemotherapy, open heart surgery, gamma knife surgery, and organ transplants
  • Vidant Medical Center is the only Certified Primary Stroke Center in eastern North Carolina and treats over 700 strokes annually.
  • The Heart Institute at ECU for cardiovascular outpatient services and research opened in 2008. The 120-bed Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center opened in January 2009.
  • Brody School of Medicine research and special care centers complement local health care providers
  • ECU School of Dental Medicine opened in 2011
  • Ronald McDonald House for families of seriously ill children; McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge for cancer patients and caregivers
  • Other area specialized facilities include public health, alcoholic rehab, and vocational rehabilitation centers
  • Several nursing homes and assisted living centers in area
  • Private emergency care clinics available for non-critical emergency treatment

Greenville/Pitt County: A regional health care center

The creation of the School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 1972, followed by the construction of a modern medical center in 1976, established Greenville/Pitt County as a regional health care center in Eastern North Carolina. Pitt County has the third highest per capita ratio of physicians to population in the state of North Carolina.

Emergence as a major medical center has required the constant creation and expansion of services and new facilities to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding regional population. One such facility and service is the Ronald McDonald House, a temporary place of residence for families of critically ill children being treated at the medical center.

The following is a list of public medical facilities serving local and regional populations:

  • James Bernstein Community Health Center
  • Brody School of Medicine at ECU
  • East Carolina Heart Institute
  • ECU Biotechnology Center
  • ECU Family Medicine Center
  • ECU School of Dental Medicine
  • Eastern Area Health Education Center
  • Eastern Carolina Vocational Center
  • Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center
  • Walter B. Jones Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Gamma Knife Center
  • James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital
  • McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge
  • Pitt County Public Health Center
  • Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC
  • Veteran’s Administration Health Care Center
  • Vidant Medical Center
  • Vidant Regional Rehabilitation Center
  • Vidant SurgiCenter
  • ViQuest Wellness Center

All of these facilities are located in the medical district, with the exception of the Vocational Center, the Public Health Center, and the Bernstein Community Health Center which are located in the Greenville Industrial Park area. There are many other private, for-profit centers providing health care to regional populations in such areas as neurology, plastic surgery, C-T scanning, home health, radiology, and physical therapy.