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

07.26.2022 Atrium Health News | Musculoskeletal Institute

Eleven hospitals recognized for excellence in providing specialty care

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 26, 2022 One of the nation’s most respected news outlets is again recognizing Atrium Health as a regional and national leader in health care. Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center is being recognized as the “Best Hospital” in the Charlotte metro region for the sixth consecutive year, while Atrium Health’s Carolinas Rehabilitation is ranked among the top 2% of rehabilitation facilities in the nationat No.16 on the Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation Care list and the only rehabilitation hospital in the Charlotte region to be given this distinction.

“I could not be prouder of our Atrium Health family – physicians, nurses and support staff alike – for their unwavering dedication to our mission: to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all,” said Eugene A. Woods, president & CEO of Atrium Health. “I’m also so proud that their work is being recognized by U.S. News and World Report. Our teammates provide incredible care to our patients and communities every single day, overcoming obstacles and always striving for excellence. We will continue to lead the way when it comes to helping our patients heal and thrive.” 

Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center: Best Hospital in Charlotte, Six Years Running

In addition to once again being named the Best Hospital in Charlotte, Carolinas Medical Center is being recognized for high-performing programs in cancer, gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, orthopedics and urology. Carolinas Medical Center is the largest hospital in the Charlotte region, serves as the 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. 

Rounding out the top spots in Charlotte, Atrium Health Pineville is ranked the second-best hospital in Charlotte while Atrium Health Cabarrus is tied for No. 3. Beyond Charlotte, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is being recognized for high-performing programs in cancer and neurology & neurosurgery and is ranked the No. 2 hospital in the Greensboro / Winston-Salem metro area. In all, Atrium Health has 11 hospitals with high performing programs in a total of 18 common adult procedures and conditions, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. 

"We are grateful for the expertise and experience of our physicians and clinical staff, as well as the entire Atrium Health’s 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 six 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’s Carolinas Rehabilitation: Best in the Carolinas

This year marks the second consecutive appearance among the top spots 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 non-profit teaching rehabilitation hospitals, Atrium Health delivers comprehensive, advanced care and best-in-class outcomes. In 2019, Carolinas Rehabilitation was honored for its commitment to improving patient safety and quality, recognized by the American Hospital Association with the Quest for Quality Prize, the only rehabilitation hospital to ever win this award.  

“For the past decade, Carolinas Rehabilitation has strengthened our commitment to expert clinical care to become the best choice for rehab care in the Carolinas and among the best in the nation,” said Robert Larrison, president of Atrium Health’s Carolinas Rehabilitation. “We are honored to again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report and look forward to opening our new and reimagined rehabilitation hospital in Charlotte early next year to further strengthen our care, reaching and helping patients across the United States and broaden our impact globally.” 

Carolinas Rehabilitation has proudly served the Carolinas and beyond for more than 70 years and is preparing to open a new world class facility on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center. This new rehabilitation hospital will be a place of innovation with promising breakthroughs in clinical care. Carolinas Rehabilitation’s new flagship 150,000-square-foot specialized hospital, the David L. Conlan Center, will feature 72 private patient rooms, a 9,300-square-foot outpatient clinic, an outdoor therapy garden, an aquatic therapy program and a center for independent living to help patients relearn activities for daily life.

Atrium Health has renowned pediatrics care, as well.  In June, Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital was ranked among the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the fifteenth consecutive year in eight pediatric 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

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About Atrium Health 
Atrium Healthis a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is an integrated, nonprofit health system with more than 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations. It provides care under theAtrium Health Wake Forest Baptist name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, region, as well as Atrium Health NavicentandAtrium Health Floydin Georgia and Alabama. 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 University 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 nationally among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in eight pediatric specialties and for rehabilitation, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and its 2021 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, as well as 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 $2.46 billion last year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits.