East Carolina Heart Institute

The East Carolina Heart Institute is the first in North Carolina devoted exclusively to education, research, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.  Conceived in 2004, the Institute is associated with Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University.

The Heart Institute has two primary facilities. The Heart Institute at ECU houses offices and research labs for cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and scientists. The four-story, $60 million, 206,000 sf building also houses outpatient treatment facilities and educational facilities for students, physicians, and scientists including a 250-seat auditorium.  Services offered at the ECU facility include diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions, consultations for heart surgery and other interventions, and heart and vascular imaging at the Cardiovascular Imaging Center.

The Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center (formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital) is a six-story, $150 million, 375,000 sf state-of-the-art cardiovascular hospital. The facility has 120 patient beds, operating rooms, 13 interventional labs, diagnostics services, and patient and family support services.

The Heart Institute medical staff is made up of more than 45 specialists and sub specialists drawn from both the private practice community and the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Randolph Chitwood serves as the director of the Heart Institute; Dr. Wiley Nifong is director of surgical research.

For more information, visit www.eastcarolinaheartinstitute.com