CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital

CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital

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 25 years ago in response to a need for rehabilitation services in Eastern North Carolina. It is located on the first floor of CarolinaEast Medical Center. The unit offers 20 beds, a select few of which are semi-private used when a roommate is therapeutically beneficial. 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. This delivery of services is provided through respect and responsiveness to needs of our stakeholders, regardless of race, religion, or cultural background.

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Philosophy of Practice
CarolinaEast 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 treatment plan.

Visiting Hours
Visitation is 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
Your personal physician has assisted with your admission to CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital and may visit you to monitor your progress. The medical director of CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital 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 care.


Admissions Coordinator
Our PPS/Admissions Coordinator will assist the physiatrist in reviewing the referral from your primary care physician or other medical professional.  He/she will complete an insurance review and discuss coverage of rehab services with you. Our patients must be medically stable, meet medical necessity guidelines, be able to tolerate a minimum of three hours of therapy each day and have a suitable discharge destination.  Our admissions coordinator collects, analyzes, reports, and presents patient data.


The rehabilitation 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.

Physical Therapy
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.

Occupational Therapy
The occupational 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 environment.

Orthotics and Prosthetics
The 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 use.

Recreational Therapy

The recreational 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 Care 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.

Community Programs

We believe that education can empower individuals to improve their overall health.

Coastal Ostomy Support Group meets on the first Thursday of each month in the CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital dining room at 1:30 p.m. This support group is led by a certified wound ostomy continence nurse and is made up of ostomy patients who 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.


Amputee Support Group is offered by our Rehabilitation Hospital for people affected by amputation (limb loss).  The group is held on the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon in the CarolinaEast Rehabilitation hospital conference room. Family members, caregivers and friends are welcome to accompany those affected for support, education, socialization and refreshments.

Aphasia Support Group is hosted by the Speech-Language Pathology Department for people affected by aphasia (loss of expressive and/or receptive language) following stroke or other brain injury.  The group is held on the first Monday of each month, at 12:00 noon in the CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital conference room. Family members and friends are encouraged to accompany those affected to join for support, improvement of skills, and socialization.


For more information on these programs, please call 252.633.8020.

Special Clinics

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.