Cherry Hospital

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A Place of Hope, Care and Recovery

Cherry Hospital is an inpatient regional referral psychiatric hospital located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, United States. As one of three psychiatric hospitals operated by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, it provides services to 38 counties in the eastern region of North Carolina. It is part of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities within the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees and manages 14 state-operated healthcare facilities that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. The Division's psychiatric hospitals provide comprehensive inpatient mental health services to people with psychiatric illness who cannot be safely treated at a lower level of care.

As a place of hope, care and recovery, Cherry Hospital has been working to improve the lives of those experiencing severe mental illness for more than a century. A teaching site for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Campbell University, Cherry Hospital welcomes psychiatry residents, fellows and medical students routinely as they embrace the opportunity to train with the professional staff holding clinical faculty appointments.

  • Our Mission is to provide excellent, psychiatric care to individuals with the greatest need and the fewest resources.
  • Our Philosophy is that, as a human service organization, anything and everything done within the hospital shall be done for the purpose of improving the quality of service to our customers.
  • Our Vision is to be trusted and respected as the best hospital in North Carolina for treatment of severe mental illness.

The "New" Cherry Hospital

In the fall of 2016, the old Cherry Hospital facility closed and was replaced by a new psychiatric facility of the same name, located at 1401 West Ash Street, Goldsboro, North Carolina, on a site approximately one-half mile from the old hospital. The new hospital is a single structure, three-story building containing approximately 410,000 square feet, including 9.4 acres of floor space, consisting of residential patient care units, therapy and medical facilities, and service and administrative support areas. The site, including buildings, parking lots, grounds and buffer zones, covers approximately 51 acres and is located on a 171-acre tract.

The previous hospital, located at 201 Stevens Mill Road, Goldsboro, North Carolina, was composed of several buildings disseminated campus-wide. The new hospital provides expanded services and additional capacity encompassed in one building. Amenities include a modern laboratory, dental and radiology departments and equipment, internal and external courtyards, a treatment mall, known as the "Hope and Wellness Center", decorated with flexible pictures hung magnetically, gymnasium and exercise room, library equipped with computers, cosmetology and barber shops, and anti-ligature doors/hinges/hooks and tempered glass for patient safety.

The process of transferring patients to the new hospital was initiated in late September 2016, and as of September 29, 2016, all patients were safely moved and now occupy the new Cherry Hospital.

Counties Served

Cherry Hospital serves patients from thirty-eight (38) Eastern North Carolina counties including: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.

Services Provided

Cherry Hospital employs licensed psychiatrists, internal and family medicine physicians, and mid-level practitioners who provide short and long term mental health care and services to adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Comprehensive treatment includes physical and diagnostic, with utilization of an array of therapeutic approaches including group, behavior, milieu therapy, occupational, as well as recreational and creative arts therapies.

Treatment Units

Cherry Hospital's treatment units include Adolescent, Adult Acute Admissions, Geriatric Admissions, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Psychiatric Medical to serve those with complex acute care needs, providing a level of care not available in their own communities.

  • The Adolescent Unit is a speciality unit providing inpatient treatment for mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally disturbed adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. The unit provides diagnostic evaluation that includes psychiatric, medical, nursing, individual and group therapy, family counseling, nutritional services, therapeutic activities, structured group living, vocational evaluation and rehabilitation, and interagency correlation. Adolescents are enrolled in a year-round accredited school program ("Riverbend School"), which allows patients to remain up-to date in their education while receiving the care they need.
  • The Adult and Acute Admissions Unit is for patients between the ages of 18 and 60.  It is designed for patients who are admitted in crisis and with many types of mental illness. It is a short term unit and family and community involvement is encouraged to assist with the transition back to the community.
  • The Geriatric Admissions Unit provides treatment for patients 60 years and older.  While most of the patients in the unit have confusion and/or disorientation associated with dementia, there are others with persistent mental illness. Although patients are usually ambulatory, many suffer from age-related physical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis or cardiovascular disease. Most require some assistance with their basic needs. The objective of the unit is re-motivation, reorientation, and rehabilitation of patients in an effort to return them to their community and families.
  • The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit provides treatment and rehabilitation services to adults 18 and older with severe and persistent psychiatric illness. Efforts are aimed at reducing symptoms and developing the skills needed to achieve independent functioning. Patients participate in work therapy, therapaws, and in counseling sessions. A wellness clinic is part of the patients' program in order to familiarize them with routine health checks and to encourage follow-up with physicians after discharge.
  • The Psychiatric Medical Unit is a unit for the treatment of psychiatric patients with physical illness who cannot be managed on a general psychiatric unit due to the nature and severity of the medical illness. Patients are admitted to this unit from other hospital units.


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 Accreditation (ANCC). The hospital provides continuing education to psychologists, social workers, and teachers by working closely with Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Southeast AHEC, Southern Regional AHEC, and the North Carolina Psychological Association.

  • The Joint Commission's 2012 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • College of American Pathologists
  • Member, North Carolina Hospital Association

Teaching Affiliations and Internships

Cherry Hospital is affiliated with thirteen (13) schools of nursing. Annually, these 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.

  • Appalachian University
  • Campbell University
  • Coastal Carolina Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • Edgecombe Community College
  • James Sprunt Community College
  • Johnston Community College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Sampson Community College
  • University of Mount Olive
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wayne Community College
  • Wilson Technical Community College

Cherry Hospital is also affiliated with several colleges and universities for internship placements in the areas of social work, psychology, teaching (exceptional children), dental hygiene, pharmacy and therapeutic recreation, and has affiliations with colleges/universities in other states for occupational therapy internships. The hospital is routinely utilized as a teaching site for both the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Campbell University where psychiatry residents, fellows and medical students train with the hospital's professional staff holding clinical faculty appointments.

Why Work for Cherry Hospital?

Positions with Cherry Hospital offer very generous NC State Benefits, as well as a very competitive salary, and the opportunity to work with a great support team in a brand new state of the art facility.

Cherry Hospital is located in Goldsboro, NC, which is located about an hour southeast of Raleigh/Durham and about an hour from the beautiful NC Coast (New Bern).  City living in Raleigh or beach living could be an option as both locations are easy commutes to our hospital.  If a smaller city interests you, Goldsboro is very lovely and is the home of Seymour Johnson Airforce Base.

Explore a career with Cherry Hospital today!

~ Providing excellent, psychiatric care to individuals with the greatest need and the fewest resources ~

Exceeding the Standards of Quality Patient Care