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Dr. Edward Newton

Dr. Edward Newton, MD
chair, Dept. of OB/GYN at Brody School of Medicine; story from Pungo District Hospital in Beaufort County

Beaufort County | Eastern AHEC

Dr. Edward Newton, MD, chair, Dept. of OB/GYN at Brody School of Medicine; story from Pungo District Hospital in Beaufort County

Talk about the impact of CME!

How does an AHEC know if one of their speakers sent out into the region makes a difference?  Eastern AHEC knows that one East Carolina University physician who traveled to the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven certainly did.  Pungo District Hospital, established in 1947, is a 49-bed acute care community hospital located on the Pungo River in rural Beaufort County.

Dr. Edward Newton, MD, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brody School of Medicine, went to Pungo District Hospital in February to deliver a CME presentation on fetal monitoring for the local physicians as part of the AHEC CME series for the hospital.  Newton is noted for his interest and expertise in perinatal teaching and education in the region.

Newton finished his presentation, thanked his hosts and started back to Greenville.  On his way back from Belhaven he received a STAT page back to Pungo Hospital.  A pregnant woman arrived in the emergency room with advanced cervical dilation and an abnormal fetal heart rate pattern.  Scheduled obstetric deliveries had been eliminated at Pungo for several months.  While a family physician with additional training in obstetrics was preparing for the birth, he did not want to face an emergency cesarean section without some expert back-up.  As quickly as possible, Newton returned to the hospital, where the story has a happy ending.  A C-section was not necessary and the baby was delivered vaginally – a fine boy weighing 6 lbs and 13 oz.

It had been a while since a baby had been born at the hospital and the staff was relieved and excited about the positive outcome.  Someone even brought festive balloons to celebrate the event.  Mother and baby were discharged a few days later doing well. Newton, pleased to be at the right place at the right time, noted that this was one AHEC CME presentation that he would not soon forget.