It’s with great pride and excitement that we present our new brand.

A common name for a common purpose.

As we transition to ECU Health in the coming weeks and months, you will notice changes to our digital landscape, including ongoing updates to this site. Throughout this rebranding and into the future we remain committed to the communities we proudly serve. We’re excited for this evolution, and what it means for the future of health care in eastern North Carolina.

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Lake Living

Close to the lake. Miles from ordinary.

The best of North Carolina is right here. If you’re looking for small-town charm with lakes within easy reach, ECU Health North Hospital is an ideal place to start your job search.

Easy Living Down by the Lake

From the shores of nearby Lake Gaston to wonderful small-town communities, the Roanoke Rapids area has plenty to offer. Here you can advance your health care career at ECU Health North Hospital and with Vidant Medical Group, while enjoying an easy, family-friendly lifestyle.

  • Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Population: 15,500
  • Elevation‎: 154 feet
  • Affordable cost of living
  • Four distinct seasons including mild winters

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Lake Gaston, NC

Beautiful Lake Gaston offers 20,000 acres of water that are a magnet for vacationers, fishermen, and water sports enthusiasts. The lake straddles the North Carolina and Virginia state borders and features plenty of boat ramps, fishing piers, picnic spots and swimming areas. Anglers will find that Lake Gaston is well stocked with the most popular regional game fish including striped bass, largemouth bass – even walleye. We think this area is also the Rockfish capital of the world. It’s the top spot in the area to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle.


Roanoke Rapids

Small-town living and improved work-life balance can be found here in this family-friendly community. Roanoke Rapids is a jumping off point for many outdoor adventures, close by the eastern-most shore of Lake Gaston, a popular area for fishing and recreational boating. Once home to many textile mills, the city’s historic district still boasts many restored buildings that lend charm to its downtown.

  • Just off I-95 corridor
  • Close to fishing and recreation at Lake Gaston, popular destination for outdoor sports
  • Easy drive to Raleigh/Durham area
  • 90 miles from Virginia Beach, 150 miles from Nags Head
  • Moderate climate with mild winters, perfect for year-round outdoor activity

Lake Living Facilities

Discover all our hospitals, physician practices, facilities and service locations located in the area near Lake Gaston.

ECU Health North Hospital (Roanoke Rapids)

ECU Health North Hospital, in Roanoke Rapids, is a 204-bed facility offering an array of medical, surgical and 24-hour emergency care. The hospital is staffed by over 60 physicians representing most medical specialties. Our service area includes a wide region of counties in both North Carolina and Virginia along the I-95 corridor.

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City Living

This college city may be on the smaller side, but it’s packed with opportunity and excitement—which is why Forbes ranked it one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

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Small Town Living

The stride’s a little slower here, and it’s hard to turn a corner without running into a friendly face—at work or at the market.

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Waterway Communities

Riverside or seaside, life on the water is—well, a way of life. Reel in your very own catch of the day. From beach to boardwalk, waterfront living is as good as it gets for some folks.

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