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Benjamin Degner, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Degner is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon with additional fellowship training in advanced aortic surgery. In addition to providing patient care, he serves as Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Brody School of Medicine.

William Rawls, MD


Dr. Rawls is a urologist at ECU Health Urology in Greenville. He completed his urology residency at University of Louisville and has extensive experience with robotic surgery for urological concerns like baldder cancer.

Brian Whitley, MD, MPH


Dr. Whitley is a board certified urologist at ECU Health Urology - Greenville and ECU Healthplex - Wilson. He completed his urology residency at Duke University and has a Master of Public Health from University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Epic Hyperdrive coming soon

Epic is moving Hyperspace to a web-based framework called Hyperdrive. The changes will go into effect for ECU Health Duplin Hospital, Central Billing Office, ECU Health Multispecialty Clinic - Belhaven, and Bed Planning on Wednesday, May 3. ​The go-live for the remainder of the system is Wednesday, June 7. 

What does this mean for community providers?

Once Hyperdrive is live, all walk-in x-ray orders either provided to the patient or faxed to an ECU Health location will need to include a diagnosis code. If there is not one on the order, the patient will not be able to have their scan until a diagnosis code has been received.

To learn more about the upgrade, click here.

Neuroscience Conference 2023

In Person or Live Webinar - Greenville

May 12, 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Raab Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium: Cellular Therapies in Oncology

In Person or Live Webinar - Greenville

May 19, 9:45 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

The Jon B. Tingelstad Conference: Practical Pediatrics

In Person or Live Webinar - Greenville

May 25-26

11th Annual Mental Health Expo to be held in Greenville later this month

The 2023 Mental Health Expo will be held on Tuesday, May 23 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. at East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU (115 Heart Drive, Greenville). This year’s event will feature more than 50 exhibitors who will be available to answer questions and provide information about local mental health and substance abuse resources.

Click here for more information.

Emergency medicine residents gain hands-on experience at Emergency Medicine Wilderness Day

Wildwood Park in Greenville served as the perfect setting for “Emergency Medicine Wilderness Day” as ECU Health emergency medicine residents practiced assessing and treating a variety of common outdoor ailments including altitude sickness, lightning strikes, falls from trees and more.

Read the full story here.

Save the date

Vidant Integrated Care Medical Director Roundtable

Wednesday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m.

During this session, we will discuss news from around the network and at this meeting we will have a focus on the important role of care management in value based care.

Click to Join

In April, the leadership team sent out the 2023 participant reference manual, as well as several policy update documents to all Vidant Integrated Care member practices.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the documentation provided, please contact network leadership.

Save the Date: Joy in Medicine

On June 13, ECU Health Physician Outreach will be hosting a Joy in Medicine event for providers in Washington and Belhaven at ECU Health Beaufort Hospital, a campus of ECU Health Medical Center. During this interactive program, our objectives are to:

  • Recognize you for the incredible work that you do, day in and day out
  • Share thoughts about clinician well-being and resilience
  • Offer tools to achieve wellness and avoid burnout

Stay tuned for more information.

The Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act

The DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released materials in March related to the new Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act.

The Act requires new or renewing DEA licensees, as of June 27, to have completed a total of at least eight hours of training on opioid or other substance use disorders and the appropriate treatment of pain.

Click here for more information.