UNC Hospitals is a 803-bed facility that serves more than 37,000 people in the Southeast every year. It houses the N.C. Children’s Hospital as well as the N.C. Women’s Hospital. In addition to that, the hospital offers specialized patient care services such as the Diabetes Care Center, the Rehabilitation Center, the Comprehensive Transplant Center and more. UNC houses the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the United States.
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ArtHeels, a UNC student volunteer organization, is making UNC Hospitals a little bit brighter. The group brings craft projects, coloring books, bubble blowers, music and even clowns to entertain pediatric and geriatric patients. It’s a scene straight out of elementary school as children huddle around a table and craft and color paper plate jack-o’-lanterns.
UNC Hospitals recently raised a cardiovascular surgeon’s salary by $335,000, to $600,000 annually. Dr. Brett Sheridan is the only surgeon at UNC Hospitals who performs highly specialized adult cardiac and thoracic surgeries.
UNC Hospitals is hemorrhaging money as it struggles to maintain its role as a charitable institution while remaining a viable business.
As many UNC-system schools suffer from a lack of funding, Duke University approved plans to build a new facility for its medical school.
UNC Hospitals is fighting the right of a medical institution in Cary to establish and own a new prostate cancer care center.
The construction of a new branch of UNC Hospitals in Hillsborough the state says is needed could fall through due to legal roadblocks.The hospital still has to complete an appeal process started by a wary nearby medical center.Sixty-eight beds would be relocated from UNC Hospitals to the location in Hillsborough, said town of Hillsborough planning director Margaret Hauth.
UNC Hospitals is preparing to care for Haitian patients in the wake of the recent catastrophic earthquake.Hospital officials are still unsure if they will receive patients and how many. But the hospital would be able to take between 25 and 50 patients, said Dalton Sawyer, director of emergency preparedness and continuity planning.