Vital Signs. Location: Charlotte, N.C. Type: Public teaching hospital. Beds: 130 beds. Distinction: Carolinas Medical Center-University, a public hospital, ranks in the top 3 percent of U.S. hospitals on a composite of 23 process-of-care quality measures. More than 2,000 public and private hospitals were eligible for the analysis. Other hospitals in the Carolinas HealthCare System, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy/Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and Carolinas Medical Center (the flagship hospital), ranked in the top 10 percent in the same time period. In the year following the data analysis for this study, a new hospital joined the system, Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, whose scores also place it in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally. Timeframe: April 2007 through March 2008. See Appendix for full methodology.
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