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Vidant delivers lifesaving care across eastern North Carolina

January 27, 2020 posted by Vidant Health News

As seen on WNCT

Dayquan Wood is lucky to be alive.

“I thank God cause I’m still here,” Wood said.

Last month, as the 19-year-old student headed back to school in Virginia, an oncoming car crossed the center line – into his lane.

He swerved to miss it and hit an embankment

“My car flipped five times and I flew out the sunroof,” Wood said.

Thrown from the car, he suffered numerous injuries, including collapsed and punctured lungs, multiple fractures and damage to his neck.

"I was in so much pain, the only thing I could do was scream," Wood said.

A passerby called for an ambulance. Vidant EastCare responded and transported Dayquan to nearby Vidant Bertie Hospital.

“To be honest, I think that if it wasn’t for EastCare, we wouldn’t be able to see my brother today,” Dayquan's brother James Jones said.

From there, he was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for additional treatment and rehab.

“When I woke up I was here,” Wood said.

The coordination of care required for a patient like Dayquan happens here.

“We are in the logistics and operations center for Vidant Health, where the teams here are coordinating the health care of patients across eastern North Carolina,” said Brian Floyd, president of Vidant Medical Center.

Keeping care local, through providing the right level of care at the right time and place, is key to improving patient outcomes in the 29 rural counties Vidant serves.

“All of our hospitals and the system itself has components here that let us know what patients need, where they are in eastern North Carolina and how we can get them to the closest place for their care,” Floyd said.

Because close access to care can be a matter of convenience for some patients and life-saving for others.

“I’m very thankful for Vidant, I’m very thankful for everybody who took care of me,” Wood said.

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