Essential programs that enhance the clinical care you receive.
Vidant Medical Center offers important services that support and extend the emergency medical care you receive here. These programs are essential to recovery for some patients, or they can help you prevent injury and the need for medical care.
Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program (ECIPP)
The Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program (ECIPP) strives to improve the health of area residents by reducing the incidence and impact of injuries. Established in 1995, ECIPP is a community health program at Vidant Medical Center and a collaboration between the Vidant Health Trauma Center and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Department of Emergency Medicine.
Safe Kids Pitt County
The mission of this coalition is to prevent unintentional injuries to children from birth to 19 years of age. The local coalition, an affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide, consists of community collaboration between health professionals, law enforcement and parents. The program serves as a consultant to counties in the region and conducts educational events. Focus areas include water safety, fire safety, poison safety, EMS Week, bicycle safety, child passenger safety seats, teen safe driving, sports safety and pedestrian safety.
Child Seat Safety
Community members can purchase an age/weight-appropriate child safety seat at Winterville Fire/Rescue on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Rear-facing convertible and forward-facing harness seats are $60 each. High-back booster seats are $30 each. No appointments are necessary.
The Safe Kids Pitt County diversion program provides education sessions in return for dismissal of a child passenger safety citation. This program is also available on the second and fourth Friday of each month at Winterville Fire/Rescue from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your ticket, your child, an age/weight-appropriate child safety seat, and your drivers license. The cost is $30 (cash only), and appointments are not necessary.
Active Routes to School
As a North Carolina Safe Routes to School Project, Active Routes to School is supported by a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Division of Public Health. The goal is to grow the number of North Carolinians who meet physical activity recommendations by increasing the numbers of elementary and middle school students who safely walk and bike to or at school. This project serves nine counties in eastern North Carolina.
Eastern Carolina Rural Teen Safe Driving Initiative
This partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund seeks to reduce injuries and fatalities among teen drivers in eastern North Carolina. The Ford Driving Skills for Life program features an interactive online academy that serves as a resource for parents and teen drivers (drivingskillsforlife.com). Safe driving events target teens and their parents across the region.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
This peer-led program is active in Pitt County middle and high schools. Approximately 1,900 SADD club members attend monthly meetings and participate in activities that focus on identifying and reversing destructive decisions. Students share program successes at local and state conferences. Several schools have formed support groups, and a SADD Summit is held each spring.
Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. One out of five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury, and more than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling. Despite the startling statistics, many inexpensive home modifications can help prevent falls.
Remembering When is a multi-agency prevention program that assesses homes for fire and falls risks and makes “on the spot” modifications as needed.
The Arthritis Foundation offers an exercise program for the community focused on balance, falls prevention and non-pharmacological treatment of arthritis through eight weekly classes.
Brain Minders Puppet Shows
Traumatic brain injuries comprise almost 500,000 emergency department visits annually by children ages 0 to 14 years. The absence of safety helmets is often a factor in these injuries. Brain Minder Puppet Shows target children in pre-K and kindergarten with educational injury prevention and safety topics including pedestrian safety, helmet safety, playground safety, bike safety and child passenger safety.
Outreach and Education
The public outreach team links Vidant EastCare to regional hospitals, field providers and the general public. We are available to provide educational classes to organizations across our service area. We also offer an observer program and tours of all of our locations. Contact us at 252-847-4779 for more information about our outreach programs.
We provide informational displays for the helicopter and mobile intensive care unit, as well as public education on health and safety topics for community events throughout eastern North Carolina. Depending on the specific request, we may be able to provide a speaker, helicopter and/or a mobile intensive care unit. To request additional information or to schedule visits, call the outreach department at 252-847-4779.
ASERT Landing Zone Safety Class
EastCare’s Aero-medical Safety Emergency Response Training class (ASERT) aims to increase the safety awareness of regional emergency response agencies. Topics include an overview of EastCare, landing zone identification, communication, hazards, safety and helicopter scene operations. To schedule an ASERT class for your organization, call 252-847-4779.
EMS Night Out
We offer outreach and educational programs designed to support our health care partners, including local fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies. Our regional EMS Night Out sessions share information on topics like trauma updates and case reviews, cardiac, stroke, pediatrics, medical, advanced airway management and induced hypothermia.
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Course (PHTLS)
The Outreach and Education Department at EastCare offers NAEMT’s PHTLS to public safety agencies and hospitals in eastern North Carolina. If you are interested in PHTLS, call 252-847-4779 for more information.
We also provide trauma education for health care providers in hospitals, fire/EMS/law enforcement agencies and community colleges. We offer PHTLS and Trauma Nursing Core Course several times a year in Greenville and across eastern North Carolina.