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Sandy Wynn, a manager with the ECU Department of Internal Medicine, examines office space at the newly opened Moye Medical Center. Cardiologists, pulmonologists and other ECU physicians have begun seeing patients at the 43,000-square-foot facility. General internal medicine physicians will move in this fall. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Moye Medical Center Opens

By Doug Boyd

Cardiologists, pulmonologists and other East Carolina University physicians are now seeing patients in the new Moye Medical Center, a three-story facility at 521 Moye Blvd.

University officials said the new practice site is one of many steps to move ECU Physicians, the group practice of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, into modern, expanded sites during the next three years.

In the 43,000-square-foot building, ECU’s cardiology, pulmonary and critical care medicine practices will occupy the 12,637-square-foot first floor. With 19 exam rooms plus special procedure rooms, the facility gives these practices more clinical space than they had before at Medical Pavilion, a facility built in 1966 on West Fifth Street. ECU purchased part of that facility in the 1990s.

“It’s going to be much more patient-friendly,” said Dr. Ralph Whatley, chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at ECU and one of the leaders of the effort to move into the new building. “It will be a much better place to take care of our patients and provide services.”

Whatley said the Moye Medical Center will have excellent parking and accessibility. He and his staff have also worked to ease and simplify patient movement through the building. Added touches include an open reception area, not someone sitting behind a window; coastal photography by the late Greenville attorney and amateur photographer David Duffus; and fresh flowers adding color and fragrance. As services move into the building’s upper floors, greeters will help direct patients where they need to go.

The 14,121-square-foot second floor will be occupied by ECU Physicians’ general internal medicine practice, which now sees patients at the Brody Outpatient Center and Medical Pavilion. That group expects to move there this fall.

Plans are to house a digestive diseases center on the third floor, but officials haven’t released details yet.

The ECU practices will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking is available beside the building.

ECU is leasing the building, which speeded up the process of moving the practices into new facilities and provided a way to do it with less up-front expense, officials said.

“We have to have more clinical space than the state can provide us at times,” Whatley said, adding that getting a state-built facility can take five years.

The new building will allow the pulmonary and critical care medicine practice to consolidate patient services in one location.

Moye Medical Center has room for special equipment to measure lung function and analyze exhaled gases. It also has room for bronchoscopy and chest fluid-removal equipment.

Nuclear medicine services for cardiology patients will continue to be provided at Medical Pavilion, due to the expense and complexity of moving that equipment.

That and other cardiology services will move to the new East Carolina Heart Institute after it is finished next year. Officials are considering expanding pulmonary and critical care medicine to expand to occupy the entire first floor at Moye Medical Center once the cardiology practice moves.

An ECU Physicians sign is near the street, and the university plans to add signs to the building itself later this month.

To reach the cardiology practice at Moye Medical Center, call (252) 744-4651. To reach the pulmonary and critical care medicine practice, call (252) 744-1600.

This page originally appeared in the June 8, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at