Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 80 HEALTH & WELLNESS Home to two nationally ranked hospital systems, as well as a variety of specialty provider practices, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area is the leader and fo- cal point for the entire west-central region of North Carolina. There are nearly 140,000 healthcare sector jobs in the region accounting for 1 out of every 10 total jobs. State-of-the-art medical campuses, primary care facilities, healthcare research and technology facilities, as well as a growing medical equipment and pharma- ceutical industry, equip Charlotte with the means to extensively impact the region's growing economy. The Queen City is fortunate to be able to recruit a majority of its medical employees locally. According to the local Chamber of Commerce, much of the area's healthcare talent is recruited from the more than 27 nearby col- leges and universities and 18 community colleges and technical institutes in the region. Each year, nearly 5,000 students in the area earn healthcare-related Health & Wellness BY LAUREL HYATT degrees on a variety of fields of endeavor from phlebotomy certifications to Ph.D.'s in bioinformatics. One of those two powerhouse hospital systems is Caro- linas Healthcare. Earlier this year Carolinas HealthCare System became Atrium Health (AH). According to sys- tem officials, "While the name has changed, the heart is the same as it's always been – to continue serving the region as one of the nation's leading healthcare organizations, con- necting patients with on-demand care, world-class special- ists, and the region's largest primary care network." AH has been serving the Piedmont since 1940, when they opened their doors as Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Since then, the network has grown to include more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations ranging from doctors' offices to behavioral health centers to nursing homes. At Atrium Health, they deliver the full spectrum of care with locations and services that include hospitals, an academic medical center, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, physician practices, behavioral health centers, imaging centers, labs, pharmacies, nursing homes, home health care, and hospice and palliative care. Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is the flagship hospi- tal of the system and operates at two locations: Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy. These locations are 1.3 miles apart, CMC on Blythe Boule- vard and CMC-Mercy on Vail Avenue. CMC serves as the region's only Level 1 Trauma center and is an approved transplant center for heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver. They also serve as one of North Carolina's five Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, providing residency training for more than 200 physicians in 15 specialties; and they serve as a satellite for the medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Also situated at CMC are Levine Cancer Institute's academic and research headquarters, Carolinas Rehabilitation, and Levine Children's Hospital. Atrium Health's CMC was again recognized as the "Best Hospital" in the Charlotte Metro region by U.S. News & World Report's annual hospital rankings; and for the sec- ond consecutive year, orthopedics was ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation. The center was also recog- nized for high-performing programs in Cancer, Gastroen- terology & GI surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulm- onology, and Urology. In June, Levine Children's Hospital was also ranked among the Top 50 Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. >> technologically advanced, patient centric

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