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Our community

Our culture stresses teamwork, open doors and mutual respect. It means ideas are shared. Patients always come first, and everyone has a voice in our future. You'll see our values at work on day one and throughout your career.

At CarolinaEast Health System we take care of the people who make the best possible patient care a reality. Our commitment includes an environment that supports you as a professional, benefits that care for you and your family, and a location that offers a lifestyle that is simply one-of-a-kind.

We’re proud to be an important member of our community. To us, New Bern is more than one of the most historical cities in the nation—it’s our home. Just 35 minutes from the Atlantic Coast, New Bern offers a warm southern climate, a low cost of living and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities. It’s like being on vacation every time you go home. Neighborhoods are close-knit. Homes are quaint. The lifestyle is serene. And the schools are among the very best in the state (the top 10 percent). When it comes to location, this is one location that has it all.

About coastal Carolina

A low cost of living is just the beginning

Located along the wide, slow-flowing Trent and Neuse rivers, New Bern is a city that truly offers the best of everything. As a historic riverfront city close to the Atlantic Coast, it's the perfect place for sailing, swimming, boating and fishing. In fact, there are several major fishing tournaments in New Bern and on the coast. Of course, if you like the outdoors, you're going to love one of New Bern's largest tourism attractions—the Croatan National Forest. This natural treasure covers 150,000 acres including 40 miles of streams and 4,300 acres of lakes. The forest is ideal for hiking, picnicking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and hunting.

It's history in the making

In addition to natural beauty, New Bern is one of the most historical cities in the nation. Settled in 1710, the city is home to over 200 entries in the National Register of Historic Places and has been nationally recognized for its historic preservation efforts. Tryon Palace, formerly the Royal Governor's residence, has been restored to its original 1770s appearance and is considered the focal point of New Bern's historic districts. There are several historic attractions in the area, including the New Bern Trolley, the Attmore Oliver House and the Bank of the Arts.

The arts are well represented

And well supported. Over a dozen theatrical productions are presented each year by the New Bern Civic Theatre and Rivertown Repertory Players. Opportunities to participate in civic theater exist for all groups. In addition, there are drama programs in all area high schools and at Craven Community College. New Bern features a summer Music-On-the-Lawn series from June through August, and an annual concert series includes performances by the North Carolina Symphony. Dance productions are presented by the Atlantic Dance Theatre and by other dance groups. You'll also find festivals, street fairs and special events through the year in eastern Carolina. Some of these include Alive after Five, the Spring Homes & Garden Tour, Historic Homes Tour, the New Bern at Night Ghost Walk, the Mum Festival, the Seafood Festival, the Chili Festival, the NC Wildlife and Sportsman's Show, the Coastal Christmas Celebration and Croaker Festival just to name a few.

Area schools

The vision statement for Craven County Schools is clear: "Craven County Schools will be the highest performing system of public education in North Carolina." This system covers the almost 700 square miles that make up Craven County. It consists of 24 schools—15 elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools. The Craven County schools system has also forged partnerships with both local businesses and institutes of higher education to ensure their students have opportunities that reach well beyond the traditional classroom.

Craven County Partners in Education is a partnership of schools and businesses that has approximately 350 members. The partners make possible and support innovative programs in the schools that might not otherwise be available. Craven County Schools also maintains a strong partnership with East Carolina University and Craven Community College. The progressive Craven Early College High School convenes on the campus of Craven Community College. It is a five-year program that enables students, beginning in the 9th grade, to obtain both a high school diploma and an associate's degree upon graduation.

The Craven County schools system's collaborative approach has paid off as a number of Craven County schools have been deemed NC Schools of Distinction, which awards growth and performance. Along with high performance in the classroomSchool systems in the surrounding counties of Jones, Pamlico and Carteret share the same dedication to make eastern North Carolina's schools some of the best in the state.

  • Jones County Schools is made up of four elementary schools, Jones Middle School and Jones Senior High School. Jones Senior High also received a bronze medal ranking from U.S. News & World Report.
  • Pamlico County Schools is located on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. There are two elementary schools, Pamlico County Middle School and Pamlico County High School. Arapahoe Charter School also serves children in K-8th grades.
  • Carteret County Schools covers the 85-mile coastline from Cedar Point to Cedar Island. It is made up of 17 schools, including 10 elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools. They have two NC Schools of Distinction and one NC School of Excellence. Croatan High School received silver medal designation from U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to our public schools, the area also offers a wide variety of private schools.

Higher education is also thriving in eastern North Carolina at the university level and in our community colleges. Undergraduate and advanced degree programs are available at East Carolina—an easy drive from New Bern. Down the road a short distance is also UNC Wilmington. Craven Community College, Carteret Community College, Lenoir Community College and Beaufort Community College all offer various associate degrees and certificate programs.