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At ECU Health Maynard Children’s Hospital, we provide compassionate, expert care to thousands of patients every year. Our patients come from all over eastern North Carolina. They have many different conditions and experience unique paths on their treatment journeys – but through it all they experience the same level of warm, family-centered care. Hear stories from patients, families and staff who have started or completed their care journey with us … each one a unique journey of courage, hope and inspiration.

People of ECU Health spotlight

Rhianon “Rhi” Brock is a dedicated NICU nurse at the James & Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital who has a passion for putting patients first.

Rhianon “Rhi” Brock is a dedicated NICU nurse at ECU Health Maynard Children’s Hospital who has a passion for putting patients first. In fact, during the preparation of the photoshoot that accompanies this story, Rhi noticed one of the tiniest patients needed assistance and she hopped over to help. In that moment, nothing else mattered except the patient in need of care. As Rhi returned to the photoshoot she said proudly, “I’m a nurse first,” which underscores how she approaches the incredible work she does each day.

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Caesey Hutcherson

Young Caesey was born prematurely and spent 84 days in the NICU. Today, he is home with his family where he is always smiling, blowing kisses and dancing around the house.

Raeleigh Goodwin

After a COVID-19 infection left Raeleigh with swelling on the brain, she spent 11 days in the ICU and an additional 37 days in rehabilitation. Thanks to the care team at Maynard Children’s Hospital and her family’s faith, she is back home.

Madilyn Brewer

Born prematurely and measuring just one-foot, Madilyn spent the first 81 days of her life in the NICU. With the support of her family and Maynard Children’s Hospital care team, she made it home and is healthy and growing.

Parker Joyner

When Parker’s headaches turned out to be caused by a Grade 4 brain tumor, the Joyner family rallied around their son. After surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and rehabilitation, Parker is cancer free and building back to play baseball once again.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Generous donations help ECU Health provide high-quality care in positive, healing environments. One recent example is the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Maynard Children’s Hospital. See all that this unit offers our smallest patients.

Children’s Transport

A vital part of caring for children in 29 counties across eastern North Carolina is being able to transport them safely while they seek care. The Children’s Transport team and the ambulance funded by Children’s Miracle Network does just that for the patients and families we serve.

Sledge Reaves

Born at just 26 weeks, Sledge Reaves faced many challenges early in his life. After four months of getting stronger in the NICU at the Maynard Children’s Hospital, he was finally able to go home. Learn more in this story.

Flora Perez Villagran

After being diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, Flora needed surgery and was told she may not walk again. She faced the challenge head on and she said her experience has brought her family closer together. Hear her story in this video.

Jamison Morgan

After 26 weeks gestation, Jamison made his arrival into the world at 1 pound and 4 ounces. He spent the first 116 days of his life at the Maynard Children’s Hospital. Today, his smile shows how far he has come.

Hye-Jin Kim

Inspired by the birth of her own baby, violinist Hye-Jin Kim founded Lullaby Dreams to bring her musical gifts to other families at Maynard Children’s Hospital.

Mason Burnette

Mason, born at 22 weeks gestation, has demonstrated the will of a preemie to survive despite all odds stacked against him. Being one of the youngest babies to survive, he discharged home 131 days later on Christmas Eve and will steal your heart with one glance.

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To provide the best care for your children, we rely on donations and community support. With your help, we can continue to do so for generations to come.