Charlotte, NC Hospitals Provide Latest Treatments, Top Expertise

Health care systems are plentiful in the Charlotte USA region, with Carolinas, Presbyterian and Catawba Valley making recent news.

Melanie Hill
On Monday, August 20, 2012 - 05:15
Charlotte, NC

The prognosis is in: Hospitals in Charlotte USA are on the leading edge of treatment, attracting top-level expertise, the latest technology and the highest level of care throughout the region.

Charlotte, N.C.,-based Carolinas HealthCare System is the third-largest public health system in the United States, with 30 hospitals, 48,000 full-time and part-time employees and a combined annual operating revenue of nearly $7 billion. One of the system's recent accomplishments was its 2012 opening of CMC-Kannapolis, Cabarrus County's first free-standing emergency department.

“CMC-Kannapolis will be, quite literally, a lifesaving addition to this part of Cabarrus County and southern Rowan County,” says Dennis Phillips, Carolinas HealthCare System executive vice president-Metro Group. “Freestanding emergency departments fill a unique niche by offering more breadth and sophistication than an urgent-care center. And because they are located in suburban communities, they offer obvious advantages in terms of access and convenience. Plus, they can be put into place at a fraction of the cost of a new community hospital.”

Seeing a need in the region for more behavioral health facilities, Carolinas HealthCare plans a 66-bed specialty hospital in Davidson, a $36 million investment. The 67,280-square-foot facility is expected to employ 155 doctors and other medical staff.  

The flagship Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and its Children's Hospital were nationally ranked in two specialty areas and ranked high performing in six others on the US News & World Report's Best Hospitals ranking in 2012.

Expansions Aplenty

Charlotte-based Presbyterian Healthcare includes four hospitals, a network of primary-care physician practices, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care centers, rehabilitation and community health outreach programs. An expansion at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville is under way, along with an expansion at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews.

At the flagship Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, two wings are being added, as well as an outpatient surgery center. The Children's Emergency Department is undergoing an expansion and plans have been approved for a new orthopedic hospital to replace the existing 50-year-old facility, with the new $84 million building scheduled to open in 2015.

"Our staff at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital has been named one of the 60 best in the nation by Becker’s Hospital Review,” says Mike Riley, Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital president. “We’ve had to creatively find ways to work around an aging facility, and our new hospital will provide important clinical accommodations, modern conveniences and comforts.”

Presbyterian Healthcare's Cardiovascular Institute has become affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, known globally for its cardiovascular services. The affiliation brings together the research and expertise of Cleveland Clinic’s heart program with Presbyterian’s cardiovascular programs to give patients a full range of comprehensive treatments and therapies.

First in the Carolinas

Beyond Charlotte, the rest of the region also offers the highest level of care. Five hospitals outside of Charlotte were nationally ranked on the US News Best Hospitals ranking in 2012 for at least one specialty.

Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, for example, was listed as high performing in gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology. The 435-bed hospital is the anchor of CaroMont Health, a 3,800-employee system that includes a medical staff of more than 450 and a network of 33 primary and specialty medical offices.

The system has received national notice, including a Midas National Platinum Award for Excellence in Quality Outcomes and a ranking on Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Hospitals.

In Hickory, Catawba Valley Medical Center has opened the Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics, while a new Oncology Pavilion is under construction and scheduled to open in March 2013.

The medical center installed a True Beam linear accelerator for advanced cancer treatment, becoming the first center in the Carolinas to offer the True Beam technology.

“With the True Beam, a standard cancer treatment that normally lasts 15 minutes can be completed in less than three minutes,” says Len Hurst, CVMC director of radiation oncology.


Melanie Hill is an independent writer, editor and public relations specialist based out of Franklin, Tenn.