UNC Hospitals opened in 1952 under
the name of North Carolina Memorial Hospital. In 1989, the North
Carolina General Assembly created the University of North Carolina
Hospitals entity as a unifying organization to govern constituent
UNC Hospitals is a public, academic medical center operated by and for
the people of North Carolina. The Hospitals’ mission is to deliver
high-quality patient care, educate health care professionals, advance
research, and provide community service. UNC Hospitals comprises more
than 7,100 employees, 1,100 medical staff, and 780 resident
With 783 licensed beds, UNC Hospitals includes the North Carolina
Children’s Hospital, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, North Carolina
Neurosciences Hospital, North Carolina Women’s Hospital, and the new
North Carolina Cancer Hospital, which supports the UNC Lineberger
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In FY 2010, UNC Hospitals discharged more than 40,000 inpatients,
accommodated 840,000 clinic visits, delivered close to 3,800 babies,
and handled more than 64,000 emergency department visits, 26,000
surgeries and 265 organ and bone marrow transplants. Patients from all
100 North Carolina counties as well as from neighboring states seek
care at UNC Hospitals.
Located in Raleigh, N.C., Rex
Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit part of the UNC Health Care
System with nearly 5,000 co-workers and more than 1,100 physicians on
the medical staff. Rex Healthcare has 665 beds (433 general acute beds
and 226 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each
Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular,
post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness, and
women’s care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain
management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound, and emergency
Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with
facilities in Cary, Apex, Garner, Knightdale, Wakefield, downtown
Raleigh and Holly Springs. Rex has been named one of the top 100 (#15)
Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and
recognized as one of the top 50 best hospitals in the nation by
Becker’s Hospital Review in 2011.
UNC School of Medicine
The first UNC-sponsored School of
Medicine was established in 1879, though there is evidence that medical
instruction was given in Chapel Hill before the Civil War.
The School of Medicine operated as a two-year program until 1954, when
the 48 members of the first class of the expanded program received
their MD degrees. There are more than 3,200 living School of Medicine
alumni across North Carolina.
The School of Medicine is served by more than 1,300 full-time faculty
members, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Oliver Smithies. Those faculty
members helped the School of Medicine generate more than $424 million
in research grants and contracts in the 2010 fiscal year.
In 2010, the School of Medicine announced plans to expand in Charlotte
and Asheville. This expansion enables UNC to increase its medical
school class size to 180 students in 2012 by sending some third and
fourth-year medical students to Asheville and Charlotte to complete
their clinical education.
UNC Health Care owns and manages
Chatham Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital with a 70-year
history of providing quality health services. Chatham Hospital is
located in Siler City, N.C.
Pardee Hospital is a
not-for-profit community hospital in Hendersonville, NC. The main
hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds and has several locations
separate from the main campus, including an adult day services center,
a health education center, home care services, rehab and wellness
center, a midwifery program, various family and internal medicine
practices, and an urgent care facility.
UNC Faculty Physicians
UNC P&A is the practice group
serving UNC Hospitals. All physicians hold faculty appointments with
the University of North Carolina. There are approximately 1,100
physicians in the practice group who provide a full range of specialty
and primary care services for patients of UNC Health Care. Eighteen
clinical departments, two affiliated departments and two administrative
units collectively form UNC P&A.
UNC Physicians Network
The UNC Physicians Network (UNCPN)
is a wholly owned subsidiary of UNC Health Care that owns and operates
community-based practices that provide primary and specialty care
throughout the North Carolina Triangle area. A rapidly growing
organization, TPN currently consists of 150 physicians across 34
physician practices. UNCPN expects to double and perhaps triple in size
over the next few years.