Atrium Health Earns Multiple U.S. News & World Report Honors Including Top Hospital in Charlotte and Best in Rehabilitation

07.27.2021 Atrium Health News

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation Ranked Among Best Hospitals

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 27, 2021 – Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center is being recognized as the “Best Hospital” in the Charlotte metro region for the fifth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Also given a prestigious recognition is Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation, which has been named among the top 15 facilities in the nation for rehabilitation and is the only rehabilitation hospital in Charlotte to be given this distinction.

“These esteemed recognitions are a true testament of the commitment to clinical excellence embodied daily by our caregivers,” said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health. “I could not be more proud of our physicians, nurses and support staff for their unwavering dedication to our patients. And I am deeply appreciative that the incredible care the Atrium Health family provides to our community is being recognized nationally in this way.”

This year marks the first appearance for Carolinas Rehabilitation on U.S. News & World Report’s national Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation Care” list. As one of the nation’s leading – and largest – rehabilitation providers, Atrium Health delivers comprehensive, state-of-the-art care and top outcomes. Backed by Atrium Health’s award-winning flagship hospital Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Rehabilitation offers an unmatched level of expertise in the Southeast. Board-certified doctors, nurses and therapists specialize in innovative, personalized therapy for common to complex conditions due to injury or illness.

In 2009, Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation established the first Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) certified Rehabilitation Patient Safety Organization in the United States and in 2019 was honored for its commitment to improving patient safety and quality, recognized by the American Hospital Association’s with the Quest for Quality Prize, the only rehabilitation hospital to ever win this award. 

“For the past decade, Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation has strengthened our commitment to expert clinical care to become one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the country,” said Robert Larrison, facility executive for Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation. “We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report on its inaugural list of the Top 15 rehabilitation hospitals and the best rehab hospital in the Carolinas. We look forward to opening our new and reimagined rehabilitation hospital in the fall of 2022 to better serve the southeastern United States.”

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center: Best Hospital in Charlotte, Five Years Running

In addition to being once again named the Best Hospital in Charlotte, Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center is being recognized for high-performing programs in cancer, gastroenterology & GI surgery, orthopedics and urology. Atrium Health Cabarrus is being recognized for high-performing programs in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer, diabetes care, heart attack and heart failure, kidney failure and stroke care, while Atrium Health Pineville is recognized for high-performing programs in COPD, diabetes care, heart attack and heart failure, kidney failure and knee replacement. Atrium Health Cleveland, Atrium Health Lincoln and Atrium Health Union had multiple high performing specialties, as well.

“We are grateful for the expertise and experience of our physicians and clinical staff as well as the entire Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center family for delivering compassionate care and improving the lives of patients for 80 years,” said Vicki Block, president of the Central Division for Atrium Health. “The credit for achieving the ‘Best Hospital’ ranking five years running belongs to our patient-centered care teams, our administration and to all teammates who ensure our patients have the best possible experience across all of Atrium Health.”

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center is the largest hospital in the Charlotte region, serves as this region’s only Level I trauma center and is an approved transplant center for heart, kidney, pancreas and liver, performing more than 200 transplants annually.

More highlights from this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s best hospital rankings include:

  • Atrium Health Cabarrus is tied for the second-ranked hospital in the Charlotte metro area, followed by Atrium Health Pineville.
  • In June, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked among the Top 50 “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report in eight specialties.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report evaluates more than 5,000 hospitals across the nation, assessing objective measures in most areas of care, such as risk-adjusted survival, readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. According to the publication, the annual Best Hospitals rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures. For the full list of rankings, visit Best Hospitals.

To learn more about Atrium Health’s U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings, please visit

About Atrium Health 
Atrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Atrium Health is an integrated, nonprofit health system with nearly 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations. It provides care under the Wake Forest Baptist Health name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, region, as well as Atrium Health Navicent and Floyd in Georgia. Atrium Health is renowned for its top-ranked pediatric, cancer and heart care, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. A recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, Wake Forest School of Medicine is the academic core of the enterprise, including Wake Forest Innovations, which is advancing new medical technologies and biomedical discoveries. Atrium Health is also a leading-edge innovator in virtual care and mobile medicine, providing care close to home and in the home. Ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in eight pediatric specialties, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and was the recipient of the 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Equity Award for its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care. With a commitment to every community it serves, Atrium Health seeks to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, providing more than $2 billion per year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits.