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Awards & Accolades

WakeMed has been an innovator delivering healthcare for more than fifty years.  We are frequently recognized for our commitment to quality and safety, exceptional advanced care and leading outcomes. It is the exceptional physicians, nurses, and staff who have achieved the following awards and recognitions all in the name of patient safety and quality care.

WakeMed Honored for Website Transparency
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is one of only 11 hospital systems nationwide to receive the 2013 Hospital Website Transparency Award. The awards, announced by URAC and The Leapfrog Group, identify outstanding hospital websites that promote transparency of safety and quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers.

 Visit our award-winning quality section.



The Leapfrog Group: WakeMed Raleigh Earns A and Cary Earn B
WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital are pleased to participate in the The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Survey. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit organization that works to initiate improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care.


WakeMed Achieves Carolina Parent Family Friendly 50 Once Again
WakeMed is pleased to once again be recognized for creating and fostering a family-friendly work culture by Carolina Parent magazine. 

We are proud to be part of the Carolina Parent Family Friendly 50

WakeMed Recognized for High Quality Cardiac Care
WakeMed Health & Hospitals has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.  Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.


WakeMed Recognized Among the Best Hospitals in the Piedmont
The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.  WakeMed Health & Hospitals is ranked #5 in North Carolina and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in the Piedmont region.  We are also is ranked #4 in the Raleigh-Durham metro area.  Additionally, we are recognized in high-performing in nine different specialties.


Continuing Medical Education Re-Accreditation
WakeMed is home to the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which provides health professionals with continuing medical education (CME).  The North Carolina Medical Society's
Medical Education Committee recently awarded Accreditation with Commendation to Wake AHEC.


Best Emergency Room/Hospital
WakeMed was selected by readers of Wake Living Magazine as the Best Emergency Room/Hospital in the inaugural Wake Readers Choice Awards. 

WakeMed Recognized for Support of STEM Education
WakeMed recently received the Business and Industry Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education from the North Carolina Science Mathematics and Technology Education Center for its support of Wake County Public Schools' Wake Early College of Health and Sciences.

PRC Awards: Excellent Patient Experience 
Several WakeMed departments/units were honored by 
Professional Research Consultants (PRC) in 2013 for creating excellent experiences for patients as well as making our organization a better place to work and practice medicine. In fact, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit earned the Crystal Award for having the highest patient satisfaction score of all of surveyed NICUs.  Learn more about WakeMed's 2013 PRC awards
Wake County's Only Level 1 Trauma

WakeMed Raleigh Campus features one of six Level 1 Trauma programs statewide to deliver the highest level of care for traumatic injuries. In 2006, WakeMed was the first hospital system in 16 years to move from Level II Trauma to a Level I Trauma program. The Level I Trauma program is supported by WakeMed Air Mobile and a dedicated team of emergency physicians, orthopaedists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, respiratory therapists, nurses, radiologists, chaplains and social workers.

Heart Attack Higher Standard of Care

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-Get With the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award
Both WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Performance Achievement Award for 2013.  Raleigh received the Platinum Award and Cary received the Silver Award.

The award recognizes WakeMed's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that WakeMed has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

Heart Attack Care Award Round silver






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