The annual checkup

Our list is based on 12 weighted criteria, such as patient satisfaction, death rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, readmission rates and complications stemming from surgeries. We also consider independent, experiential data compiled by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Inc. of North Carolina, The Leapfrog Group and U.S. News & World Report.

2014 Best Hospitals

Rank Hospital Location Beds Score
         
1 Rex Hospital Raleigh 659 53
2 Mission Hospital Asheville 730 50
3 Duke University Hospital Durham 957 46
  WakeMed Raleigh Campus Raleigh 678 46
5 FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Pinehurst 395 45
6 Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy Charlotte 173 44
  Duke Regional Hospital Durham 369 44
8 Cone Health* Greensboro, Reidsville 1,273 43
9 Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast  Concord 457 42
  Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte 888 42
  Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Winston-Salem 921 42
  Frye Regional Medical Center Hickory 355 42
13 New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wilmington 769 41
  UNC Hospitals Chapel Hill 801 41
15 High Point Regional Health High Point 381 40
16 CaroMont Regional Medical Center Gastonia 435 39
17 Novant Health Matthews Medical Center Matthews 117 38
18 Carolinas Medical Center-University Charlotte 94 37
  Duke Raleigh Hospital Raleigh 186 37
  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem 885 37
  Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Charlotte 662 37
  Vidant Medical Center Greenville 861 37
23 CarolinaEast Medical Center New Bern 350 36
  Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital Hendersonville 222 36
  MedWest-Haywood Hospital Clyde 189 36
26 Carolinas Medical Center-Blue Ridge Morganton 184 35
  Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center Huntersville 60 35
28 Catawba Valley Medical Center Hickory 258 34
  Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Elkin 220 34
  Kings Mountain Hospital Kings Mountain 92 34
  Park Ridge Health Hendersonville 103 34
  Southeastern Regional Medical Center Lumberton 337 34
33 Caldwell Memorial Hospital Lenoir 110 33
  Carteret General Hospital Morehead City 135 33
  Central Carolina Hospital Sanford 137 33
  Iredell Memorial Hospital Statesville 247 33
  Stanly Regional Medical Center Albemarle 119 33
  Wilkes Regional Medical Center North Wilkesboro 130 33
39 Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Fayetteville 600 32
  Carolinas Medical Center-Union Monroe 254 32
  Martin General Hospital Williamston 49 32
  Nash General Hospital Rocky Mount 345 32
  Northern Hospital of Surry County Mount Airy 133 32
  Rutherford Regional Medical Center  Rutherfordton 143 32
  Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Thomasville 146 32
46 Alamance Regional Medical Center Burlington 238 31
  Cleveland Regional Medical Center Shelby 241 31
  Johnston Medical Center Smithfield 199 31
  Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Mooresville 123 31
  Maria Parham Medical Center Henderson 102 31
  Randolph Hospital Asheboro 145 31
  Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Salisbury 268 31
  Watauga Medical Center Boone 117 31

 *Cone Health includes The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women's Hospital and Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital in Greensboro and Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville