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About Cherry Hospital

Cherry Hospital serves as a major training site for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University through a contractual relationship. Third year medical students, psychiatry residents, and child fellows routinely train at Cherry Hospital, where they are supervised by Cherry Hospital physicians. Teaching physicians hold clinical faculty appointments at the Brody School of Medicine.

Cherry Hospital is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to physicians and is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Acreditation (ANCC). The hospital also provides continuing education to psychologists, social workers, and teachers by working closely with Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), South East AHEC, Southern Regional AHEC, and North Carolina Psychological Association.

The hospital is affiliated with 13 schools of nursing. Throughout the year, nursing schools complete clinical rotations in various treatment areas. The objective of the clinical experience is to provide nursing students with learning opportunities regarding the care of individuals with mental health needs.

In addition, Cherry Hospital has affiliations with several colleges and universities for internship placements in social work, psychology, teaching (exceptional children), dental hygeine, pharmacy and therapeutic recreation. The hospital has affiliations with colleges/universities in several other states for occupational therapy internships.

Member of the North Carolina Hospital Association

Leadership & Management

CEO J. Luckey Welsh, Jr. 919-731-3204
COO Vacant 919-731-3203
Clinical Director Jim Mayo, MD 919-731-3206
Assistant Clinical Director Paul Kartheiser, MD 919-731-3206
Medical Director Scott Mann, MD 919-731-3206
CNO Debbie Wall 919-731-3358
Human Resources Director Carol Thornton 919-731-3411
CFO Susie Sherrod-Sanders 919-731-3211
IS Director Michael Letchworth 919-731-3215


The Special Services Department coordinates tours of the hospital. Tours are available for interested groups Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tour groups are limited to no more than twenty (20) people. All tours must be requested and confirmed in advance and are adapted to each group’s interest and needs. When deemed appropriate, other hospital staff assists with touring special interest groups.

Individuals under eighteen (18) years of age are not allowed to tour ward areas. A slide presentation of hospital programs is available for younger groups. Younger groups may also visit the hospital museum.

Any Individual touring the hospital is required to read and sign a confidentiality statement. They are also informed they may be exposed to patients who are subject to violent outbursts, and that they are not covered by Cherry Hospital for any injury sustained while on the Cherry Hospital campus.

If interested in a tour, please contact the Special Services Department at 919-731-3417.

Speakers Bureau

A Speakers’ Bureau was established in 1998 for the purpose of providing information about Cherry Hospital to schools, clubs, churches, and other community organizations as requested. This sharing about our hospital and other topics related to mental health is provided through the Special Services Department and by a variety of staff members. If you need an individual to present a fifteen or twenty minute program and would like to utilize this free service, please call the Special Services Department at (919)731-3417.

Available Topics

Active Treatment/Treatment Mall
Adolescent Unit Program
Alzheimer’s Disease
Behavior Plans
Bi Polar Disease
Adolescents with Mental Illness
Continuous Quality Improvement
Depression Specific to Adolescents
Dual Diagnosis – Mental Illness & Substance Abuse
Economic Impact of Cherry Hospital
Epilepsy & Behavior Issues
Family Support
Feeding With Adaptive Equipment
History of Cherry Hospital
Job Fairs
Learning Disabilities
Mental Health & Faith-Based Supports
Mental Health Reform in North Carolina
Mental Illness (General)
Mental Retardation & Behavior Issues
Organic Brain Syndrome
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psych Rehab Unit
Rehabilitation Services
Role of Medical Physician at Cherry Hospital
Role of Occupational Therapist at Cherry Hospital
Role of Psychology at Cherry Hospital
Stress Management
The Cherry Foundation, Inc.
Treating Severely & Persistently Mentally Ill – A Psychiatric Rehab Approach
Treating the Geriatric Patient
Treatment Mall
Volunteer Opportunities

Cherry Museum

The Cherry Hospital Museum is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission is free and individuals and groups are welcome.

In the museum visitors will find written documents, photographs, books, and other artifacts that span from 1880 to present. These items provide a glimpse into the history of Cherry Hospital which opened as a psychiatric facility for African-Americans from all one hundred counties of North Carolina.

Please call the Special Services Department at 919-731-3417 for more information.
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