How NC Health Care Providers Have Become National Mainstays

How NC Health Care Providers Have Become National Mainstays

NC is home to many impressive health care providers. While you can get excellent care from many places throughout the state, several players really stand out from the crowd.

1. Duke University Hospital was named the best hospital in NC, edging out many excellent providers.

Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report named Duke University Hospital the best hospital in NC. Duke University Hospital ranks among the top hospitals nationally for cancer, cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, and other specializations. Plus, they are the seventh-best hospital in the U.S. for ophthalmology.

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Image courtesy of Duke University Hospital.

Duke University Hospital benefits from a strong association with Duke’s School of Medicine. Like other academic medical centers in NC, they focus not only on providing excellent health care but also training the next generation of doctors and producing world-class medical research.

2. Wake Forest Baptist Health earns renown for its cancer care.

Wake Forest Baptist Health is one of only three comprehensive cancer centers in NC, partly because it’s known for high-tech, expert cancer care. They serve patients throughout NC, as well as patients from neighboring Virginia and South Carolina.

Wake Forest Baptist Health recently merged with Atrium Health to form a super-sized health system. The merger may mean some administrative restructuring for the new system, but its exemplary quality of cancer care provided should stay the same.

3. UNC Health ranked among the best NC providers for pediatric specialty care.

UNC Health includes hospitals and medical clinics throughout NC, concentrated in Chapel Hill. A few of their hospitals stand out for excellent pediatric specialty care. Specifically, UNC Hospitals are nationally ranked for pediatric cancer, orthopedics, pulmonology, and endocrinology.

UNC Medical Center.
Image courtesy of UNC Health Communications.

4. CarolinaEast Medical Center won top hospital honor for its patient experience.

In 2019, CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern won the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for patient experience. They were one of 400 recipients overall, no small feat given that there are over 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. in total.

In fact, many providers in NC do very well with patient experience. In 2017, Healthgrades named the top 15% of hospitals that provided a good patient experience. Overall, 13 different NC hospitals made the list.

Curious about the rest of the healthcare scene in North Carolina? Good thing we’ve covered the major providers and insurers in our state, along with possible health policy changes on the horizon.