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CarolinaEast Medical Center to Implement "Quiet Time" Two Hours Every Day Promotes Rest and Healing

Hospital news | Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Contact: Megan McGarvey

(New Bern, NC) – Beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018 most patient care areas at CarolinaEast Medical Center will observe a two hour "quiet time" with the goal of allowing patients an opportunity to rest with minimal interruption. "Assuring a quiet environment for our guests has proven to promote healing and enhance the patient experience," said Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations. "We understand that being hospitalized can be angst inducing - this is our latest initiative to alleviate that anxiety and encourage relaxation," added McGarvey.

Quiet time will be observed daily between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. During this period, time sensitive tests and procedures will be performed and visitors, while we ask to be mindful of quiet time, will be allowed to visit. Nurses, depending on patient preference, will draw blinds, close doors and either turn off the television or change it to the CARE Channel which features calming scenes and relaxing music.

"We implemented Quiet Time on our 2 IMC unit several years ago and it has been very successful. We decided it was time to introduce it in other areas of the medical center," McGarvey said. "While we cannot guarantee absolute peace and quiet, we most definitely can make every effort to minimize noise for our guests."