Whatever your diagnosis, our goal is to help you reclaim your independence as quickly as possible.
Your recovery journey happens one step at a time, and everyone’s journey is different. At ECU Health, we offer a full range of general and specialized rehabilitation services that are designed and recommended specifically for your recovery. Your physicians and rehab team will create a treatment plan that may include everything from physical and occupational therapy to specialty programs like aquatics or audiology. Services may be suggested on an inpatient or outpatient basis, or perhaps both.
During the initial days of your admission to the hospital, your physician may recommend a therapy evaluation by physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy. Rehabilitation is a continuum of care that starts early in your recovery process. The purpose of this therapy is to assess your current function and establish a treatment plan to begin the steps to regain strength and independent skills. Working with your medical team, the therapists will make discharge recommendations for further therapy (in inpatient rehab, outpatient or in your home) if needed or provide education to you and your family for a safe transition back to your home.
Your physician may recommend inpatient rehabilitation for you, as certain health issues are better served with focused inpatient treatment. We offer several inpatient programs with a common goal of restoring your quality of life by helping you regain function and mobility.
Many orthopedic injuries result from falls or auto accidents, damaging bones or joints. To help you recover from these injuries, we focus on therapies that will help you achieve maximum function.
For patients who have suffered a stroke, amputation, brain injury or spinal cord injury, we create personalized rehabilitation plans to optimize your recovery and promote independence. We evaluate your needs for assistive technologies and help you adjust to any ongoing disability you may experience.
Pediatric rehabilitation tailors therapies for your child, with a dedicated eight-bed inpatient unit specifically designed, furnished and equipped for children from birth to age 18. Our care encompasses many needs including, but not limited to, brain or spinal cord injury, multiple trauma, orthopedic conditions, amputation, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, weakness or failure to thrive, feeding difficulties, oncology and cardiopulmonary conditions. Our family-centered approach recognizes the family’s role in successful recovery that aims for optimal function and reintegrates the patient to family, home, school and community.
Your recovery journey happens one step at a time. Some people may begin rehabilitation in the hospital, then progress to inpatient rehabilitation, and continue as an outpatient after discharge. Others may be able to use outpatient services for the entire course of treatment. We provide a full range of outpatient therapies to help return you to your lifestyle with independence and confidence. We have the most extensive facilities and treatment options in eastern North Carolina, serving people of all ages and needs with services at all ECU Health hospitals.
ECU Health Beaufort Hospital, a campus of ECU Health Medical Center: 252-975-4395
ECU Health Bertie Hospital: 252-794-6655
ECU Health Chowan Hospital: 252-482-6767
ECU Health Duplin Hospital: 910-372-9300
ECU Health Edgecombe Hospital: 252-641-7776
ECU Health Medical Center: 252-847-6603
ECU Health North Hospital: 252-535-8011
ECU Health Roanoke-Chowan Hospital: 252-209-3186
Outer Banks Health Hospital: 252-449-4560
Audiology at ECU Health Medical Center
Audiology and hearing aid services at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville offers an array of services for hearing health care. The team’s focus is early identification, appropriate and timely intervention, family-centered care and education. We offer hearing evaluations for all ages including newborn hearing screenings, natural sleep as well as sedated auditory brainstem response (ABR) diagnostic evaluations, hearing aid/cochlear implant evaluations and fittings, hearing protection education, custom hearing protectors and various assistive listening devices. ECU Health’s team of audiologists and audiology technicians take pride in providing excellent patient care and always make patient needs their top priority.
Using the most advanced diagnostic tools, the audiology team will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your hearing, identify the cause of your problems, and develop the most appropriate and personalized care plan. Call us today to find out how we can help meet your audiology and hearing aid needs. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to promote your recovery. Services may include adaptations necessary for you to participate in hobbies or sports activities, learning stress management and relaxation techniques, participating in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or learning new leisure skills. Our goal is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life. Your doctor may order our service to work in collaboration with your therapy team during your acute or inpatient rehab stay.
Driver Evaluation Program at ECU Health Medical Center
Occupational Therapist practitioners at ECU Health Medical Center, evaluate medically-at-risk drivers with specific diagnoses. This comprehensive driver evaluation includes a clinical evaluation and potential in-vehicle evaluation without vehicle modifications. Alternative Transportation options will be discussed for community mobility.
To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, please call 252-847-6603.
A doctor’s order for an Occupational Therapy IADL Risk Assessment is needed. Please fax to 252-847-6625.
Jim Catfish Hunter ALS Clinic at ECU Health Medical Center
The ALS Clinic at ECU Health Medical Center is one of only five multidisciplinary ALS clinics in the state and the only one in eastern North Carolina. The clinic is staffed by a team of physicians and representatives from social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, nursing, psychology and nutrition.
Our team provides a comprehensive approach to treating ALS and works to slow the progression of the disease. We are committed to looking for new and innovative ways to treat ALS and improve the quality of life for people living with this ALS.
To schedule an appointment, please call 252-847-1779.
Seating and Mobility Clinic at ECU Health Medical Center
ECU Health offers comprehensive evaluations performed by our assistive technology professionals (PT/OT), for children and adults, with recommendations for specialized equipment that optimizes mobility while providing effective positioning needs in order to participate in activities of daily living. These evaluations are for complex or custom equipment for custom manual wheelchairs, specialized back and cushions, adaptive strollers, standers, and power wheelchairs. A physician referral is required for an evaluation in the clinic. Please contact 252-847-5932 for more information on the referral process.
Whatever stage you are at in your rehabilitation journey, your treatment plan may include one or more of our very specialized rehab services such as aquatic therapy, hand therapy, orthotics and rehabilitation for swallowing difficulties, vestibular or balancing issues, and vocational challenges.
Aquatic therapy moves your therapy to the water — proven to increase strength, endurance, balance and range of motion.
The Outpatient Rehabilitation Hand Therapy Program in Greenville specializes in treating diagnoses of the upper extremities, including congenital issues, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder dislocations, fractures, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and finger or hand injuries.
Should your recovery involve an orthotic device — to help you walk, stand, sit or use your upper extremities — our Orthotics department works with you to fit your individual needs and provide the highest level of function and comfort.
Speech and language pathologists use the latest technologies to evaluate and treat people with swallowing/feeding disorders, including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) procedures. We use a therapy-based approach for vestibular rehabilitation to address problems such as dizziness, movement intolerance or loss of balance.
Support groups provide an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or firsthand information about diseases or treatments. They help people achieve and sustain optimal health and function. As part of Rehabilitation Services, ECU Health offers dedicated groups for people with disabilities and for those living with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
Support Group Offerings
The Brain Injury Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. and offers a great way to meet others who have experienced similar things you and your family have been through. To register, email [email protected].
Provides independent living skills training, advocacy, information, referral and peer mentoring. Assists with applications for Social Security benefits, SSI, SSDI and Medicaid. Offers a medical locker of donated medical equipment (wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and more). Call 252-355-6215 to learn more.
This group provides support for individuals with limb loss and their family or friends. Please join us on the third Thursday night of each month (excluding December). Visit the Events page and find an Eastern North Carolina Amputee Support Group event to find virtual meeting information.
Join us LIVE in a virtual Webex meeting every fourth Tuesday of the month. Topics addressed could include: Physical Complication and Prevention Strategies, Mental Health complications, Family or Relationship Dynamics and Coping, or Caregiver Support. If you have questions about how to join, please contact Erin Sesemann at [email protected]
Meetings are open to stroke survivors and their loved ones and/or caregivers. The Stroke Support Network meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and meeting topics include professional speakers, informal sharing of ideas/concerns, and social events. Contact Michele Horvath via email at [email protected] or call 252-847-0571 to learn more.
Recreational Therapy Clinical Internships
During the 14-week program, interns will function as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team, while assisting in the implementation of a quality recreational therapy program to include assessment, documentation, program planning, implementation and evaluation. Interns are required to complete 560 hours/14 weeks for Recreational Therapy Programs. The RT internship program at ECU Health adheres to standards set by the State of NC TRCB, NCTRC, and the student’s university. All supervising staff members are certified by NCTRC, licensed by the State of NC Licensure Board and have a minimum of one-year experience at ECU Health Medical Center.
Behavioral Health Services
52 inpatient beds for the care of patients with Intellectual Development Disorder (IDD), geriatrics, acute psychiatry and adult services.
75 inpatient beds for the care of patients after stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury. Also provides pediatric rehab, day treatment services, and aquatics. Inpatient and outpatient services available.