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What is UNC Health Care?

The UNC Health Care System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system, owned by the State of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care. A distinguishing characteristic of UNC Health Care is its association with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution. This relationship gives UNC Health Care a powerful pathway for moving the results of biomedical research from medical school laboratories to patient care settings. UNC Health Care has been granted broad powers by the North Carolina General Assembly to assure its management flexibility and competitiveness in a rapidly changing health care business environment. The enterprise is governed by a board of directors appointed by the University of North Carolina.

UNC Hospitals

From well-baby check-ups to chronic disease care to life-saving surgeries to cutting-edge gene therapy, UNC Health Care is improving health and treating disease across North Carolina. In addition to comprehensive medical, surgical and psychiatric care, UNC is a leader in health promotion and disease prevention.

UNC Hospitals is the cornerstone of UNC Health Care. People from all 100 North Carolina counties and throughout the Southeast are patients at the 803-bed facility - more than 37,000 each year. And more than 3,500 new Tar Heels are born each year at UNC Hospitals. Since 2002 new babies and their families have been welcomed in the N.C. Children's Hospital and N.C. Women's Hospital, state-of-the-art facilities designed to offer high-quality health care in a comfortable, family-friendly environment.

In addition to women's and children's services, UNC delivers the best in interdisciplinary health care to all North Carolinians, male and female, young and old. Specialized patient care services include the Breast Center, Cardiovascular Program, Diabetes Care Center, Lung Center, Rehabilitation Center, Spine Center, Wound Management Program and Comprehensive Transplant Center. The medical center's extensive expertise in arthritis, digestive diseases, endocrinology, ENT, gynecology, hemophilia, infertility, rheumatology, and orthopaedics has achieved both regional and national recognition.

And UNC is home to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the United States. The N.C. Cancer Hospital opened in August 2009 and is the clinical home of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The cancer hospital has been specifically designed to build on UNC’s three decades of excellence in patient and family centered care, offering the full spectrum of cancer services in a single location.

UNC Health Care extends beyond Chapel Hill and into the greater Triangle area through its network of primary care and specialty physician practices located in Orange, Wake, Durham, Chatham and Lee counties. These offices, in addition to the UNC Family Medicine Center and Ambulatory Care Center, provide the basic health care outpatient services most families need, in convenient neighborhood locations. Over 800,000 people are cared for at UNC practices and clinics each year. UNC Health Care also has collaborative partnerships with Rex Healthcare and Chatham Hospital.


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