Rural & Community Top Hospital 2018

Carteret Health Care is the only North Carolina hospital named to the 2018 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics. Carteret Health Care’s performance was assessed through the lens of iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX, an objective standard for benchmarking rural, community and critical access hospital performance in an increasingly complex environment. Carteret Health Care earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement pillars. These nine measures assess the strength and vulnerabilities of hospitals including inpatient share ranking, outpatient share ranking, population health, costs, charges, quality, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and perspectives and financial stability.


Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award

The Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recognizes Carteret Health Care among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. According to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this distinction recognizes Carteret Health Care as the only hospital in the region* to be a recipient of this distinction and only 1 of 5 hospitals in North Carolina to be named Top 5% for Patient Experience.


Commission on Cancer Accredited Program

Carteret Health Care’s Cancer Center is part of an elite group of hospitals receiving a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that are committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To earn CoC accreditation, we met a litany of quality care standards with an emphasis on patient-centered care. The designation ensures that Carteret Health Care provides a full spectrum of services necessary to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate cancer patients while also providing support to the family. 

UNC Lineberger

Since 2012, the medical and radiation oncology services have been enhanced by a partnership with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Care to promote community wide strategies to improve cancer screenings, facilitate early detection and treatment, enhance treatment planning and professional education and streamline the process for patients who may seek second opinions at UNC Cancer Care. One of the advantages of the affiliation is the use of the University of Chapel Hill's (UNC-CH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) which provides the essential elements of experienced research support staff, technology as well as a variety of potential clinical research studies based on Carteret County's specific patient population and cancer types. Patients will now have access to Phase I, II and III clinical trials for medical oncology and radiation oncology and be seen here at Carteret Health Care, close to family and friends without having to travel.


Women’s Choice Award for Orthopedics

The Women’s Choice Award® designates Carteret Health Care as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. The Women’s Choice Award® is America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Carteret Health Care’s Joint & Spine Center is in the top 7% of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering orthopedics services.

Heart & Stroke

Primary Stroke Center, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association

Carteret Health Care has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

Carteret Health Care underwent a rigorous onsite review in 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus

Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke is the American Heart Association’s collaborative performance improvement program, demonstrated to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with stroke. The Gold Plus designation is awarded to hospitals what provide the very best level of stroke care.

Birthing & Women's Health

Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation

Carteret Health Care’s Brady Birthing Center received the highest North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation from the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Center’s staff was recognized with five stars, the top designation, for its efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients. Carteret Health Care is one of only 9 North Carolina hospitals recognized with five stars.

Weight Loss


Carteret Health Care's Weight Loss Surgery Center is fully accredited as a metabolic and bariatric surgical center. The Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multi-disciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.


SHP Best Home Health Patient Satisfaction

Carteret Home Health and Hospice, divisions of Carteret Health Care, both earned distinctions as a Top 20% Superior Performer for Satisfaction. This achievement from Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP), recognizes organizations for achieving an overall score that ranked in the top 20% in the SHP national Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice benchmarks. This is also for scoring above the SHP national average for each HHCAHPS and CAHPS Hospice quality measure as defined from the patient’s and caregiver’s point of view.