Carolinas Medical Center Named Best Hospital in Charlotte

08.07.2017 Atrium Health News

U.S. News & World Report ranks two specialties among the Top 50 in the nation 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 8, 2017 – Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center is recognized as the “Best Hospital” in the Charlotte Metro region by U.S. News & World Report and two specialties, Orthopedics and Ear, Nose & Throat, were ranked among the top 50 programs in their respective fields in the nation.

Carolinas Medical Center was also recognized for high-performing programs in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, Urology, Geriatrics and Gynecology.

“We pride ourselves on providing world-class care to the many communities we serve and have developed unique programs to ensure that all of the communities we are in benefit from the expertise and high-quality care we have throughout Carolinas HealthCare System,” Carolinas HealthCare System’s chief medical officer James C. Hunter, MD said. “We are certainly proud of this recognition and will continue to develop the very best clinical programs for the benefit of our patients and our communities.”

The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings are designed to help guide patients to the best medical care available in the country and evaluate more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide.

“The national rankings reflect the hard work of not only our orthopedic surgery team, but of our dedicated musculoskeletal teams across the System,” said Brent D. Matthews, MD, FACS, professor and chair, Department of Surgery. “Our orthopedic partners in the community, nursing and quality improvement teams and many others at Carolinas HealthCare System will continue to be instrumental in helping us lead the way in orthopedic care.”

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery performs innovative clinical research and features one of the top residency programs in the country. The team leads the way in limb-lengthening surgeries, uses the latest technology to treat and preserve function for orthopedic oncology patients and creates new standards of care through the Carolinas Trauma Network Research Center of Excellence.

“This ranking once again recognizes our world-class status in orthopedic clinical care, scientific contributions and educational endeavors and acknowledges the expertise of all of our faculty surgeons,” said Edward N. Hanley Jr., MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at CMC.

With over 100 ear nose and throat providers, the hospital provides ear, nose & throat care highly-specialized care including audiology, cataract surgery, diabetic eye care and more.

In June, Levine Children’s Hospital was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report in six specialties – Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Orthopedics.

 “For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. The rankings methodology considers patient experience, safety and quality, among other care-related factors.

About Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System (, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare System works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.