Vidant EastCare is the critical care mobile air and ground transport of Vidant Health (VH) at Vidant Medical Center (VMC). It serves 29 counties in Eastern North Carolina. It is sponsored by VMC and The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. VMC is the only level 1 trauma center east of Raleigh. It is one of nine air ambulances plus Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, located in North Carolina, and serves a radius of around Greenville without refueling. Dave Thomson is the current Medical Director for Vidant EastCare and Scott Sampey is the Program Director.
Vidant EastCare can be dispatched for a number of causes, including: trauma, burn, neonatal, high risk pregnancy, hyperbaric medicine, stroke and myocardial infarction. Vidant EastCare is most often sent for cardiac patients, followed by trauma, pediatric and neonatal patients. The only air crash occurred on January 8, 1987 when everyone on board perished.
In January 2012, Vidant Medical Transport changed its name from EastCare as part of a system wide renaming initiative. In October 2014, Vidant Medical Transport became Vidant EastCare, as it has long been associated with quality and service. Vidant Health is a coordinated system of care serving a 29-county region that's committed to creating access to high-quality care, providing exceptional experiences and the best-possible outcomes. Vidant EastCare is the advanced critical care transport service that delivers on that commitment on the road and in the sky when it matters most.