Employee Health

Lori Willford

The Division of Employee Health provides services to the Employees of East Carolina University in the following areas:

  • Screening and immunizations to meet State and Federal OSHA guidelines
  • Medical evaluations for infectious exposures
  • Medical evaluation and treatment for work-related illness, injuries or other exposures

NOTE:  As of September 1, 2015, the Office of Prospective Health will no longer provide lab work or immunizations without a scheduled appointment. Blood exposures and Workers Compensation injuries will continue to be seen on an emergency basis. We encourage all affected employees to participate during your department’s annual updates.

As of July 30, 2019, the CDC no longer recommends annual PPDs for employees who have had a past history of negative results.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. To schedule an appointment please contact Yvonne B Taylor at 252-744-2070 or via email at taylory@ecu.edu.

Human Blood/Body Fluid Exposures

During Normal Work Hours

If you have a blood exposure during normal work hours (M-F; 7:45 am-4:45 pm) contact Prospective Health at 252-744-2070 promptly for instructions. Baseline labs will be ordered on the source patient. If source patient is HIV+, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) will be administered to you as soon as possible.

After Hours (ECU)

If you have an exposure that occurs after hours at an ECU clinic, the clinic personnel should order a blood exposure panel on the source patient (rapid HIV, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B core antibody, Hepatitis B surface antibody and Hepatitis C antibody).

If the rapid HIV test on the source patient is positive, the exposed employee should report to the Emergency Department immediately to initiate PEP.

Contact Prospective Health on the next business day to resume blood exposure management and surveillance.

After Hours (Vidant)

If exposure occurs after hours at Vidant Medical Center, call the blood exposure reporting line at 252-847-8500 for instructions

Employee Injuries (Notify your supervisor immediately!)

ALL employee injuries must be reported to Environmental Health & Safety at 252-328-6166. If you need medical attention, Environmental Health & Safety will make an appointment for you to be seen in our office.

Life threatening Injuries

Dial 911 for assistance. Once care has been established, have your supervisor report the incident to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety as soon as possible.


Non-life threatening injuries

Your supervisor will contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, which administers the Workers Compensation Program, 252-328-6166.

Once notified the Office of Environmental Health and Safety will arrange for your medical care by making an appointment with the Office of Prospective Health.

Comprehensive Influenza Protection Program

Flu Immunizations

If you are in need of a flu vaccination, please visit your local pharmacy such as CVS, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens or other local pharmacy or your physician’s office. Be sure to provide proof of your immunization immediately after receiving it by faxing it to 252-744-2417 to be included in your employee medical record.

Bloodborne Pathogen/Tuberculosis Mandatory Online Training (BBP/TB)

New employees – Receive BBP/TB mandatory training during new hire employee orientation

Current employees – Each ECU department is scheduled during the year for BBP/TB mandatory training. Please complete during your department’s scheduled time for BBP/TB training.

Missing Link on Canvas – If your BBP/TB training link (BBP_TB) is not listed under “My Courses” on your Canvas site https://canvas.ecu.edu/, please email your name, email address and request to the Office of Prospective Health.

Training Certificate

Your BBP/TB training certificate is online and can be printed after completing your BBP/TB training. A copy should go to your supervisor for your personnel record. Physicians or employees associated with Vidant Health should fax a copy to Vidant Health’s Credentialing Office to the attention of Carol Dawson at 252-847-6521 (fax #).

Return to Work/Fit for Duty Evaluations

There are situations when an ECU supervisor may desire to obtain our medical opinion. Such incidents may include:

  • Is an employee capable of performing their ECU occupational duties based on their personal health status either physically or mentally?
  • Can a work restriction imposed by an employee’s personal physician be accommodated at ECU?
  • Can an employee who has been out of work with a significant or prolonged illness safely return to work?
  • What if a supervisor is concerned that the employee is not able to perform their expected job duties based on observation of deteriorating performance, a pattern of erratic attendance or other indicator that suggests a change in health status impacting work performance?

In such cases a fit for duty or return to work evaluation may be requested by the supervisor. A Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist should be consulted whenever such an evaluation is contemplated to ensure that ECU policies regarding leave time, FMLA and short or long-term disability are followed. The supervisor should contact the Employee Health physician to provide information about their observations and concerns. A copy of the employee’s job description will be needed to compare the expected occupational demands with their current capabilities.

If the employee’s return to work or continued presence in the workplace could create a health risk for themselves or others, they should not return until cleared. (Administrative leave may be granted to complete this evaluation process, at the discretion of the supervisor and the Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist.) If the employee is found to be medically unable to perform their occupational duties, they will be referred to their personal physician for treatment; ECU leave and/or disability policies will govern time away from work. After treatment resolves or improves the condition and the employee’s personal physician certifies that they may return to work, the employee will be re-evaluated by ECU Employee Health to verify fitness for duty and safe return to work.