U.S. News and World Report ranks hospitals annually based on specialists, mortality rates, patient safety, and volume. The 2015 report reveals that Durham's Duke University Hospital is the number one facility in North Carolina. In the past year, Duke performed more than 38,200 surgeries and is affiliated with almost 3,000 physicians. (Separately, Duke was among a handful of Triangle-area hospitals that received A-ratings for patient safety from Leapfrog.)
The Top 10 Hospitals in North Carolina for 2015:
- Duke University Hospital, Durham
- Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem
- University of North Carolina Hospitals (multiple locations)
- Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte
- Mission Hospital, Asheville
- Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro
- FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst
- Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Winston-Salem
- Duke Regional Hospital, Durham
- Vidant Medical Center, Greenville
WakeMed Hospitals, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Rex Hospital all ranked in the Top 20. Search full rankings here.
Even the best hospitals and the best doctors make mistakes and errors. Several medical malpractice claims have been brought against Duke over the years. Medical mistakes do not necessarily mean patients should avoid negligent providers. North Carolina medical malpractice attorney Brent Adams explains in this video why he would use a doctor that had been found guilty of malpractice.
Individuals who look for safe, top-rated hospitals might have a lower risk of medical negligence, but it is possible anywhere. Human error always exists. Injured patients or family members who lost a loved one due to a hospital's mistake usually spend time researching state malpractice laws, doctor history, patient rights, and more. Brent Adams helps to simplify the process through his book Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims. The book is available for free through the form on the right to all persons in North Carolina who believe they were the victim of a medical provider's carelessness.