Vidant Chowan Hospital, Edenton, North Carolina

February 2016
Vidant Chowan Hospital (VCH)

With assistance from the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care, Vidant Chowan Hospital (VCH), located in Edenton, North Carolina implemented a ‘No Patient Left Behind’ transitional health program, a free service through which patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI), congestive heart failure and pneumonia are helped to transition back to their home upon discharge.

Positive Outcomes:

  • Forty-six percent reduction in emergency department (ED) visits within first nine months
  • Sixty-two percent reduction in readmissions
  • Vidant Health has expanded the program to cover all counties it serves in eastern North Carolina

Top Accomplishments:

During the home visits, nursing staff educated patients about their medications, diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle options. Nursing staff worked with physicians to obtain needed referrals or find a physician if needed. Assistance with other needs such as Meals on Wheels, transportation, diabetic supplies and new eyeglasses was facilitated by the visiting nurses. This project has been successful in large part due to the leadership and support provided by the dedicated staff of Vidant Chowan Hospital. 

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.