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Brody Medical Sciences Building
The Brody Medical Sciences Building is the focal point of the School of Medicine’s education, service and research programs. Opened in mid-1982 and expanded in 1989-90, the 489,000-square-foot facility provides modern and comfortable accommodations for students, faculty and staff as well as convenient access to the school’s academic support programs and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The Brody Building’s many lecture halls, classrooms and conference rooms demonstrate the commitment of the faculty to student-faculty interaction in small groups. Several master classrooms are equipped with advanced computer and video technology designed to enhance learning. Numerous study areas throughout the building also create an academic atmosphere conducive to learning. Teaching laboratories are spacious, well-equipped and provide a stimulating environment for individual and group learning activities and independent study.

In addition to housing the basic and clinical science departments, the Brody Building includes a 525-seat auditorium and administrative offices for the School of Medicine.

Outpatient Center
Another important component of the Brody Building is the School of Medicine Outpatient Center, located on the first floor of the facility’s west side. Patients from throughout the region visit the Outpatient Center for general, diagnostic and subspecialty ambulatory care. The center, which also features private parking and a separate entrance for patients, was renovated in 1998.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility
Adjacent to the Outpatient Center is an 8,700-square-foot magnetic resonance imaging facility. Occupied in 1988, the facility complements other imaging resources located at the medical center.

Biotechnology Center
Faculty and core support laboratories specially designed and equipped for research in modern molecular biology and genetics are housed in the Biotechnology Center adjacent to the Brody Medical Sciences Building. Constructed in 1988 at a cost of $2.2 million, the facility is the centerpiece of the interdepartmental Biotechnology Program.

The program provides core research facilities for: flow cytometry (analytical and sorting); amino acid and protein analysis; automated peptide sequencing and synthesis; manual DNA sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; X-ray developing; monoclonal antibody services; access to computerized international molecular biology databases and analysis programs; access to computerized molecular modeling; and a discount molecular biology enzyme and reagent stock service.

Pediatric Outpatient Center
Children’s outpatient clinics are housed in the 1,000-square-foot ground floor of the biotechnology building. The center accommodates the school’s many specialty and general health clinics for infants, children and adolescents. It has numerous examination rooms and procedural and consultation areas, and it includes access to a complete clinical laboratory. Children’s playrooms ter is to improve cancer prevention, detection and treatment for the people of eastern North Carolina through enhanced patient care, teaching and research.

The center offers state-of-the-art treatments and procedures such as blood and bone marrow transplantation, sentinel node biopsy and gene therapy. It houses the ECU Department of Radiation Oncology, the Section of Hematology/Oncology and surgical oncology services.

William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library
The Laupus Library serves the Brody School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health Sciences, and the School of Dental Medicine. Library services are also extended to the region’s health care providers. The library delivers library and information services to University Health Systems hospitals, including Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

In 2006, Laupus Library moved to the new Health Sciences Building on ECU’s medical campus. The library shares this 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art educational center with the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. The four-story 72,000 square foot library provides study space, a computer lab, media production and consultation services, reference services, circulating and historical collections.

Bibliographic instruction and informal tours are available by appointment. The library is open seven days per week with hours posted on the library's web site and throughout the building. Further information about the library's collections, services and operations can be found at

Medical School Teaching Addition
Some faculty offices and teaching areas for the clinical science departments are in the Medical School Teaching Addition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The teaching addition, spanning the entire front of the hospital, offers convenient access to inpatients for faculty physicians, residents and students. It also includes on-call and patient treatment rooms, seminar facilities and classrooms.

Developmental Evaluation Clinic
The Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC), housed in the Malene Irons building on Oglesby Drive, is a section of the Department of Pediatrics. The DEC provides multidisciplinary evaluation and specialized treatment to children with developmental disabilities—one of 17 such programs strategically located throughout the state.

The staff includes specialists in pediatrics, psychology, social work, speech pathology, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), nutrition, nursing and educational diagnostics. In addition to multidisciplinary assessments, the DEC also administers other regional services including the Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Program, the Regional Assistive Technology Project and the OT/PT Regional Project.

The DEC serves the counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Greene, Hyde, Martin, Pitt and Wayne.

Eastern Carolina Family Medicine Center
The Eastern Carolina Family Medicine Center, a 28,000-square-foot facility contiguous to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, is a model setting for both education and patient care. Operated by the Department of Family Medicine, the center draws patients from within a 50-mile radius of Greenville and can provide care to 1,000 patients a week. The center also schedules both evening and weekend appointments.

The modern Family Medicine Center provides an ideal educational environment for students and residents interested in a career as a family physician. The center is divided into four patient-care modules, each with eight examining rooms and a lab. Each module functions as a small practice group, with its own staff of faculty physicians, residents, physician extenders, nurses and clerical staff.

The center’s business office, medical records department and up-to-date library offer daily information and services to staff throughout the center. The modules also share additional support faculty and staff, as well as diagnostic equipment and services, including a pharmacy, laboratory, X-ray, physical therapy facilities and a procedural skills clinic.

Nutritionists, medical social workers, psychologists, doctors of pharmacy and other support personnel at the center also participate in teaching and patient care programs at the center. Another feature of the Family Practice Center is the four-chair dental module.

The family medicine program incorporates a one-year residency program in general dentistry, a concept designed to bring the family dentist and family physician together in a learning situation.

Also associated with the Department of Family Medicine is the Ambulatory Geriatric Center. Developed to improve the health of the elderly in eastern North Carolina, the program acquaints students and residents with the special health care needs of elderly patients. The family medicine department also offers a fellowship in geriatric medicine.

In addition to its Greenville facility, the family medicine department provides care to patients in the rural setting through a satellite center operated in the nearby community of Bethel. The center provides a realistic family medicine experience while meeting the health care needs of a rural area. Community Clinical Facilities To enhance service to patients and to emphasize a community practice ambience, a number of clinical sites have been developed:

ECU Women's Physicians
The group practice of the ECU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is housed in Executive Park West on Stantonsburg Road.

Firetower Medical Office
This model practice in South Greenville includes family physicians, general internists and pediatricians.

Medical Pavilion
A medical office complex located on Fifth Street, Medical Pavilion houses the general internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology and pulmonology practices of the Department of Medicine.

ECU Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Physicians in this surgical subspecialty are located in an office on Medical Drive. ECU Dialysis Center. This free-standing building on Arlington Boulevard, completed in 1999, houses 25 dialysis stations and the clinical practice of the Department of Medicine’s nephrology section.

The Edward Nelson Warren Life Sciences Building
This 60,000-square-foot structure, the newest on the medical school campus, houses some of the school's most productive research projects related to heart disease and cancer, as well as administrative support offices associated with the research enterprise. Completed in 1999, the facility includes operating rooms for experimental procedures, a cardiac catheterization lab, classrooms and seminar rooms. It also houses the Department of Comparative Medicine.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Pitt County Memorial Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in North Carolina. As the primary teaching facility for the School of Medicine, Pitt Memorial provides an environment where patient care, clinical education and clinical research flourish. The scope and complexity of hospital services are constantly expanding to meet the growing health care needs of the community and the eastern region of the state.

Originally a community hospital serving Greenville and Pitt County, PCMH has become, in the last 20 years, the principal referral hospital for eastern North Carolinians. It still maintains its community hospital mission, but because of the availability of a diversity of medical specialties and services, the hospital now serves an estimated 1.2 million people in 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. With 731 beds, Pitt Memorial is a tertiary care hospital with critical care units for medical, surgical, neurosurgical, pediatric, trauma, cardiac and cardiac surgery patients.

Other facilities include a free-standing surgery center, a family birth center, cardiac catheterization labs, a sleep disorders lab, a hemodialysis unit, a toxicology service and a 52,000-square-foot wellness center. Regional facilities incorporated in the hospital include a 75-bed rehabilitation center, a 52-bed psychiatric unit and the 100-bed Children’s Hospital, a PCMH division devoted to pediatric services which includes a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

The emergency department serves 25 outlying hospitals as a Level I Regional Trauma Center and personnel within the department operate East-Care, an emergency medical transport system that includes a jet helicopter and five mobile intensive care units.

Several major programs operate in collaboration with the School of Medicine, including the Heart Center, the Cancer Center and one of the state's most active kidney transplant programs.

PCMH currently employs more than 4,000 people. Each year, the 400 physicians on its medical staff provide care to more than 32,000 inpatients and 123,000 outpatients and deliver nearly 3,000 babies. The hospital is the clinical training site for more than 1,300 health sciences students each year, including 250 medical residents and 300 medical students.

The hospital is the centerpiece of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. The integrated system includes four other leased or owned hospitals, formal affiliations with five other hospitals, a home health agency and hospice, a physician recruitment and practice management arm, and partial ownership of a health plan.

PCMH is located in the center of a designated medical district that includes private physicians’ offices, the Walter B. Jones Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center, several extended care facilities and the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina.

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