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Greenville NC Area Guide

The Greenville/Pitt County region of North Carolina offers a wide variety of opportunities to the traveler whether for business or pleasure. Greenville is home to East Carolina University. For nearly a century, East Carolina University has served the people of North Carolina and the nation. From modest beginnings as a teacher training school, ECU has grown to become an emerging, national research university with an enrollment of more than 23,000.

Today, East Carolina is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and offers 106 bachelor's degree programs, 71 master's degree programs, 4 specialist degree programs, 1 first-professional MD program, and 16 doctoral programs in our professional colleges and schools, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and the Brody School of Medicine.

With a mission of teaching, research, and service, East Carolina University is a dynamic institution connecting people and ideas, finding solutions to problems, and seeking the challenges of the future.

The Brody School of Medicine at ECU is ranked fifth in the nation in rural medicine by U.S. News & World Report. The medical school is ranked sixth nationally among primary care medical schools by the magazine.

Funding was authorized for the East Carolina Heart Institute, a partnership institution of East Carolina University and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. The institute will serve as a center for research, clinical care, and economic development.

East Carolina prepares more nursing and allied health professionals in North Carolina than any other university in the state

As a member of a six-institution team funded by the National Institutes of Health, East Carolina is researching obesity and establishing standards for its surgical treatment.

Surgeons at ECU train physicians from around the world to perform robotic cardiac mitral valve repair procedures.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital, one of four academic medical centers in North Carolina, is the flagship hospital for University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Pitt Memorial is a regional resource for all levels of health services and information.

The hospital is a tertiary referral center and provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient health services to more than 1.2 million people in 29 counties. In an average year, about 33,000 inpatients and more than 266,000 outpatients are treated in our facilities. More than 3,000 babies are born here in a typical year. Our clinical staff includes more than 500 physicians and 1,200 nurses.

Clinical education is an important part of this hospital's mission and helps demonstrate its commitment to the community. Pitt Memorial is a teaching site for medical students and residents, nurses and other health professionals.

Pitt Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

Greenville serves as a regional entertainment hub for all of Eastern North Carolina. The area boasts a vast array of restaurants catering to tastes for down-home favorites to gourmet specialties. Several local restaurants have been recognized nationally for everything from their barbecue to their wine selection.

The retail sector has acquired a regional draw bringing shoppers to Greenville from all over Eastern North Carolina. Numerous options offer shoppers variety in price, selection, and style, and range from consignment shops to boutiques, malls to commercial strips, and galleries to showrooms. A local hammock factory outlet makes us the "Hammock Making Capital of the World" and Overton's is recognized as the largest water sports dealer in the world.

Culture permeates on and off the university campus. On almost any given evening, East Carolina University offers first-class musical concerts, theatrical and dance productions, travel films, and lectures. Antique stores are scattered throughout the county and offer a number of unique treasures. Also, art galleries abound featuring major art collections, traveling exhibits, and the work of local and regional artists. County-wide festivals round out the calendar celebrating everything from collards to watermelons and offer something for all ages.

Athletics predominate the area and the fans are avid. Greenville is home to the Eastern Regional High School Basketball Tournament, NC Senior Games, and hosted the Babe Ruth World Series Girl's Softball Tournament in the Summer of 2002. ECU Pirates offer sporting seasons sure to get everyone on their feet cheering.

Numerous trendy restaurants and nightclubs offer live entertainment in the evenings on the weekends and Uptown Greenville has a district that includes numerous venue options. Freeboot Friday in the fall and Sunday in the Park offer great opportunities to enjoy friends and family and the seasons. And, area coffee shops provide a chance to chat with an old friend or enjoy a good book.