CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital is
a comprehensive medical rehabilitation hospital serving a five-county
area. CarolinaEast Rehabilitation
Hospital is an integral part of the CarolinaEast Health System scope of
services. The Rehabilitation Hospital opened its doors over 20 years ago in response to
a need for rehabilitation services in Eastern North Carolina. It is located on
the first floor of CarolinaEast Health System. The unit offers 12 inpatient
rooms, four of which are private and eight are semiprivate, giving a capacity
of 20 patients. Since its inception in August 1993, CarolinaEast Rehabilitation
has proudly helped thousands of individuals regain their independence. The Mission of CarolinaEast Rehabilitation
Hospital is to deliver compassionate, quality, rehabilitative care that
serves to maximize the independence of the patients and families we serve.
Philosophy of Practice
Rehabilitation Hospital is committed to ethical practice for services provided
to all persons served. Treatment will be administered under direct supervision
of the Medical Director and/or Rehab physician. Professional disciplines will
practice according to specific guidelines established by each discipline under
their respective standards of professional practice. All persons served will be
treated with respect and compassion, and in a professional manner. The dignity
and rights of the person served will be foremost in the treatment program.The
person served will have input in all treatment decisions and changes in the
encouraged for family and friends during non-scheduled therapy times. Family
and caregivers are also encouraged to observe and participate in therapies as
much as possible. Normal visiting hours end at 8:30pm.
Physician / Physiatrist
physician has assisted with your admission to CarolinaEast Rehabilitation
Hospital and may visit you to monitor your progress. The medical director
of CarolinaEast Rehab is a physiatrist. This is a physician who has taken a
residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation after completing medical
school. The physiatrist/rehab physician is responsible for prescribing tests,
diets and treatments while you are in the rehab program and is a member of your
rehab team. When you are ready for discharge from CarolinaEast Rehab, the
physiatrist/rehab physician will refer you to your personal physician for continuing
psychologist uses psychological knowledge and understanding to help patients
achieve their optimal individual and social functioning. Services provided by
the rehabilitation psychologist include assessment of cognitive functioning and
evaluation of emotional health. Recovering from a serious medical condition can
be very challenging and may involve a variety of life changes. As such, the
rehabilitation psychologist is also available to help patients and their
significant others cope with any emotional difficulties that may arise during
the rehabilitation process.
Social Worker/Case Manager
The Social Worker/Case
Manager is the liaison among the patient, family and rehab team. S/he keeps the
family informed of the patient’s progress throughout the rehab stay. The social
worker begins working on discharge planning from the time of admission.
Referrals will be made for community services, outpatient therapy, financial
assistance, if eligible; durable medical equipment, orthotics, disability
determination and long-term care placement when needed.
Specially trained nurses
are on duty 24 hours a day. Nurses will teach you about your medications,
disability and the importance of therapy. They will provide support and comfort
measures to help assist you with your recovery. Most importantly, the nurses
will reinforce and apply the skills you learn in therapy each day.
The physical therapist
will help you improve your strength, coordination, balance and mobility. To do
this, the therapist will use a variety of exercises, various functional
training methods and rehab equipment. The staff will assess your home equipment
needs and teach you and your family how to use it safely and properly so you
can be as independent as possible. If necessary, the therapist will go to your
home to recommend changes to make your home safer and more accessible for you.
therapist will help you reach your maximum potential and the highest quality of
life possible by helping you manage everyday activities like bathing and
dressing to the best of your ability. Since most of these activities are
performed with our hands and five senses, treatment emphasizes arm strength and
motion, hand coordination, orientation/memory and visual/perceptual skills.
Special equipment can be provided if weakness continues. Arrangements can be
made for the therapist to visit the home before discharge to make
recommendations for accessibility and safety to benefit you and your
family. CarolinaEast Rehabilitation
Hospital maintains an independent living suite that allows you and your
family the opportunity to practice modified techniques in a home-like
Orthotics and Prosthetics
orthotist/prosthetist is responsible for evaluation, measurement, fitting and
maintenance of orthotics (braces) and prosthetics (artificial limbs) to assist
you with your return to community activities. Orthotic devices are supportive
braces or splints for patients who present with muscle weakness, deformity or
surgical correction support. Prosthetic devices are custom artificial limbs
made from lightweight materials and may incorporate electronic or computer
activated components. An evaluation is performed to assess your need for custom
or ready-made devices, as well as which components will provide maximum benefit
and function for the user. A series of anatomical measurements or a cast is
taken to provide an intimately fitted device. After fabrication the orthotic or
prosthetic device is fit, adjusted or aligned and the wearer is instructed in
therapist will discuss your routine daily activities and the leisure activities
you enjoy. The therapist will design a program that will help you adjust to
your disability and to apply newly learned skills in real-life settings. This
program can include recreational activities like practicing on the putting green in the Rehab Hospital garden or a community
re-entry outing to the mall, restaurant or grocery store. The recreational
therapist may also address nicotine cessation.
Speech Language Pathology
A speech language
pathologist will evaluate any problems you have with your speech, voice,
language or swallowing. The therapist will then recommend programs to help you
restore or compensate for swallowing, speech or language abilities. The speech
language pathologist can also teach you alternative communication methods when
oral communication is difficult. We are fortunate at our facility to be able to
provide the most recent cutting edge technology for swallowing difficulties.
This technology is called VitalStim Therapy and is the only neuromuscular
electrical stimulation technology cleared by the FDA to restore the swallowing
function. The speech pathologist can successfully treat patients of every age,
regardless of the reason for the oropharyngeal swallow dysfunction.
Home Health Services
When you require
medical assistance at home, our professional staff at CarolinaEast Home Care
can provide a complete range of services that offer you the benefit of being
able to recover from an illness or injury in the comfort and privacy of your
own home. Our registered nurses provide treatments, medical supervision, family
instruction and observation as directed by your doctor. A medical social
worker can assist you in obtaining other community and financial resources,
such as family and patient counseling. Home Health Aides assist with bathing,
dressing, personal care, meal preparation and light housekeeping, as well as
with exercises and ambulation. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and
Speech Language Pathology are available for therapy needs. For more information
please call 252.633.8182.
We believe that education can empower individuals to
improve their overall health.
‘n’ Soles is a free Walking
Program at New Bern Mall. On the first Thursday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. our Recreational Therapist and several Nurses meet at the local mall to hand
out educational materials and walking logs, as well as provide blood pressure readings
to the community.
Coastal Ostomy Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each
month (September thru May) at Trinity Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. This support group is led by a certified
wound ostomy continence nurse and is made up of Ostomy patients that wish to
share personal experiences and/or important information and ideas on dealing
with ostomies. Various speakers are
invited to present educational topics and pertinent information on related
products and resources.
For more information
on these programs, please call 252.633.8020.
Amputee Clinic - Our specialized clinic for amputees includes medical management, prosthetics, physical therapy and also provides instruction in skin care and cardiopulmonary conditioning. Amputee Clinic is held the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Wheelchair Clinic - We custom fit patients with the right kind of wheelchair for their individual needs and then train patients on the proper use of wheelchairs. Wheelchair Clinic is held the third Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
For more information about these special clinics, please call 252-633-8024.