Hospitals in North Carolina
Composed of four independent yet unifying health institutions, the University of North Carolina Hospitals has been continuously providing quality health care to Carolinians and visiting patients since its creation in September 1952 in Chapel Hill. What was formerly known as the North Carolina Memorial Hospital has grown through time and has led to the inception of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital, and North Carolina Women’s Hospital? Another division, the North Carolina Cancer Hospital is currently under construction.
The North Carolina Children’s Hospital caters to children who have been stricken with disease or injury. Housed in its newly-constructed building in 2002, the hospital is a leading institution in the cure and research for respiratory disorders like cystic fibrosis, cancer, heart disease, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, severe burns and trauma on children. The hospital has an excellent team of physicians and nurses that is capable of dealing with any children diseases and disorder. They also specialize in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, birth defects, and infectious diseases. In addition, UNC is one of only two hospitals in the southeast to perform living donor-related liver transplants in children.
What started it all is the North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Before the children’s and women’s hospitals had been moved to their respective locations, they were all housed in a single structure. The hospital still remains as one of the leading academic medical centers in the state and has been a provider of high-quality patient care and community service and a good contributor to advance research and education to health care professionals. The NC Neurosciences Hospital opened in 1995 to provide facilities and research to accommodate the fast-evolving world of neurosciences. These include brain-mapping techniques, gene therapy, and psychiatric care. Among the institutions’ services include psychiatry services, research laboratory services and expanded inpatient and outpatient clinics for neurology, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology. The building is also distinct for its design, enveloping a warm and welcoming feeling to patients and other visitors.
The NC Women’s Hospital provides care to women and is committed to giving them emotional and spiritual support. Among its services include Women’s Wellness Program (midlife care and nurse-midwifery, breast evaluation, obstetrical and gynecologic care, gynecologic surgery, perimenopausal and menopausal therapies, etc.), Women’s Health Information Center, ambulatory services, pastoral care, and breastfeeding. Aside from these main divisions, the University of North Carolina Hospitals also includes the following departments: McLendon laboratories (provides anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine services for all hospitals), Nursing at UNC Health Care, Recreation Therapy and Child Life and The School of Nuclear Medicine Technology.