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Vidant Health
"Private "not-for-profit
Industry "Hospital network
Founded 1997
Headquarters "Greenville, "North Carolina, "United States
Number of locations
Eight hospitals
Area served
"Eastern North Carolina
Key people
Mike Waldrum, MD, MS, MBA
Chief Executive Officer ;
Revenue "US$ 1,693,152 (2017)
"US$ 101,637 (2017)
Number of employees
12,224 (2017)
Website Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a "not-for-profit, 1,447-bed "hospital system that serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 "Eastern North Carolina counties. The health system is made up of eight "hospitals and more than 12,000 employees. Vidant also includes wellness centers, home health and hospice services, a dedicated children's hospital, rehab facilities, pain management and wound healing centers and specialized cancer care. Vidant Medical Group, a multispecialty physician provider group with more than 500 providers in 90+ locations. Their flagship hospital, "Vidant Medical Center, is a level I trauma center and serves as the teaching hospital for the "Brody School of Medicine at "East Carolina University in "Greenville.

Vidant Health is the largest private employer in Eastern North Carolina.[1]

All eight Vidant hospitals have achieved The Gold Seal of Approval for quality care by "The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.

In 2002, the organization implemented a program in which diabetes educators regularly visit rural clinics to improve glycemic control in African-American patients.[2]

The system focuses on bringing quality health care to rural communities and pays special attention to the medically underserved. Vidant's Community Benefits Grants Program focuses on early detection, wellness and prevention, community health initiatives and direct health care services. Community health needs assessments are used to prioritize health needs in the service area. In 2017, Vidant Health provided $202 million in uncompensated care.

Vidant Health changed their name from University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina in January 2012.[3]



Realizing the dream of what is today Vidant Medical Center began in the 1920s. Four local doctors, who believed the residents of Pitt County deserved and needed a hospital, collaborated and pulled their personal resources together to build Greenville’s first hospital.

By 1951, Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) was completed. This new facility, built with the latest technology and 120 beds, soon became too small to meet the growing demand, despite several expansions. With PCMH moving to a new facility on Stantonsburg Road in 1977, the hospital formed a new partnership with East Carolina University to become the teaching facility for the new School of Medicine. In 1981, ECU graduated the first class of physicians.

Growth continued as PCMH became recognized as a regional leader in health care. With the only Level 1 Trauma Center designation east of Raleigh, the hospital soon became attractive to highly skilled specialists. Over the next two years, PCMH began to realize its vision of being a Regional Center. Dr. Randolph Chitwood Jr. developed what became an internationally recognized heart surgery program. A Children’s Hospital was established in 1981, the first of its kind to provide pediatric and neonatal services to residents in the eastern part of the state. The hospital also began a helicopter ambulance service known as EastCare, to provide life-saving resources to citizens in rural communities.

PCMH continued to make a name in eastern North Carolina by becoming the site for the first pancreas transplant, the first cornea transplant and the second heart transplant. New ways to treat cancer were introduced, including use of the Gamma Knife in surgical procedures. Together with ECU, the team pioneered the use of robotic surgery, performing the first robotic surgery for mitral valve repair in North America.

By the late eighties and into the early 1990s healthcare leaders began rethinking strategies for providing care. The shift toward health promotion and disease prevention was in the works. Changes to the national Medicare system would effect major change throughout the healthcare industry. A tightening of dollars spent on healthcare began with Medicare and was soon followed by private insurance companies. Hospitals throughout the country were faced with an interesting dilemma: how to be more cost efficient in an industry where the emphasis is on saving lives, not money. So began the shift toward “managed care” – a restructuring that continues to this day.

The plan emphasized the need to create a well-organized system of providers committed to improving the health status of citizens in this community. Guided by that plan, the hospital leadership moved forward with new facilities, technology, services and programs to meet the needs of Pitt County citizens. Then, as the 1990s drew to a close, PCMH took another important step to improve its efficiency and its ability to provide outstanding care to the county. The hospital gained local and state approval to operate as a private, not-for-profit hospital and thus function more efficiently and effectively in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

By this time, the medical center had evolved into a full-fledged regional health system and included five community hospitals that are owned or leased by the parent corporation. Affiliation agreements established cooperative links with other hospitals in the region. PCMH adopted a new corporate identity and its parent company became University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina in 1997. University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina was renamed Vidant Health in Jan. 2012.

Vidant Health-owned hospitals[edit]

Former facilities:

Specialty facilities[edit]


Vidant Medical Group physician practices[edit]

Vidant Medical Group is a reputable and established multi-specialty physician group that provides superior care for the health and wellness needs of people living in eastern North Carolina. With more than 500 primary and specialty care providers in 95 locations, quality health care is never far from home.

Vidant EastCare[edit]

Vidant EastCare provides critical care air and ground transport service to all of eastern North Carolina. There are multiple ground units, including one dedicated to children’s transport. EastCare’s four air units are located in Beaufort, Nash, Craven and Wayne counties. Both ground and air units provide rapid transportation and advanced medical care to critically ill and injured patients. Both air and ground transport programs serve all types of critical patients including trauma, cardiac, medical, high-risk obstetrics, burns, pediatric and more.

Vidant Health Foundation[edit]

The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable corporation that serves as the custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health.

Governing board[edit]

The governing board of Vidant Health sets the policies that govern the operation and direction of Vidant Health, Vidant Medical Center and its subsidiaries. Members of the governing board meet monthly and are responsible for the articulation of its mission and values, the protection of assets and the quality of services. They serve voluntarily and without pay. Members of the governing board are chosen for their management experience and their standing as community leaders. They are chosen by the UNC Board of Governors and Pitt County Commissioners for a term of 5 years, not to exceed two consecutive terms.

Vidant Health Board of Directors:

Vidant Medical Center Board of Trustees

Vidant Community Hospitals


  1. ^ "North Carolina's Largest Private Employers" (PDF). Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Teams of Diabetes Educators Regularly Visit Rural Clinics to Coach African-American Patients, Leading to Better Glycemic Control and Potential Cost Savings". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  3. ^ King, Lauren. "Pitt County Memorial Hospital in N.C. set to change name". The Associated Press/PilotOnline.com. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Quillin, Martha (2016-11-28). "Judge stops demolition of Belhaven hospital – for now". "The News & Observer. Retrieved 2018-05-27. 
  5. ^ "NC NAACP president condemns demolition of Belhaven hospital, calls it "ominous sign"". "WITN. 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2018-05-27. 

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