Vidant Medical Center (Formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital) is an academic ED with Level I Trauma Center designation, serving the eastern third of North Carolina. During 2013, the main adult ED evaluated 70,000 patients with an additional 31,000 seen at the Minor Emergency Department, our urgent-care extension of the ED. The acuity is very high with an admission rate of over 38%. Our dedicated Children’s ED opened in May of 2012; last year evaluating over 18,000 patients with an admission rate of 10%.
In January 2004 we completed a multimillion-dollar renovation providing for a 40,000 square-foot building designed to deliver state-of-the-art emergency care. The ED has a total of 58 beds in two contiguous treatment areas, Gold and Purple (ECU's school colors). With all private rooms, the ED has ample space and equipment to care for all patients. With 22 beds, the Gold-side is primarily for ambulatory patients with minor illness and injuries. The Purple-side has all monitored beds and is oriented to the critically ill and injured. The purple side has 36 evaluation rooms, including three specific for trauma and medical resuscitation. We have rooms specially designed for OB/GYN, ENT, ophthalmology and neonatal resuscitation patients. The same faculty, resident physicians, nurses, and clerical personnel staff both sides.
The renovated ED includes two digital diagnostic radiology rooms, a departmental library, two staff lounges, and ample physician and nursing work areas. Dr. Timothy Reeder, associate professor and vice chair for clinical operations serves as clinical director for the Emergency Department.
The Children’s ED has a total of 16 beds, 2 of which are designed for resuscitation, covering 15,000 square-feet. This space was completely remodeled and opened in May of 2012. Designed and equipped, it balances clinical needs with many distractions for children of all ages. It is staffed by a mixture of pediatric fellowship trained and general emergency medicine faculty. Click here to learn more about the Children's ED.
The ED has access to much of the latest in medical technology. We use an ED electronic clinical information system for patient tracking, prescription writing, nurse and physician documentation and order entry. There are workstations in every room of the ED for the electronic medical record as well as access for referencing Poisindex, MEDLINE, logging procedures, MD Consult, UpToDate, case simulation interactions, Microsoft Office, and the Internet. There are three ultrasound machines located in the adult ED and one in the Children’s ED.
In addition to the expanded clinical space, the third-floor ED Tower has impressive administrative and educational facilities. This includes areas for the Emergency Medicine administrative and faculty offices, a disaster command center, high-tech conference and classrooms, a physician library, and two EM call rooms. These spaces have helped create an exceptional educational and support facility. The expansion also included a rooftop helicopter-landing pad for our Vidant Medical Center transport program.