Under the leadership of Andrew Gilman, MD, the blood and marrow transplant program at Levine Children's Hospital continued to operate as one of the most successful of its kind. This program actually had the highest one-year survival rate for both related and unrelated donor transplants during a three-year reporting period from 2008 to 2010. These ratings included each of the 134 U.S. transplant centers that performed more than 20 transplants during this period.
Physicians at Carolinas Medical Center-University began using robotic technology to pinpoint cancerous tumors on kidneys and extract them without having to remove the kidney. This process is also being used to pinpoint inflammation and relieve pelvic pain in female patients. Robotic surgery was also used for an expanding range of gynecologic surgeries during the year, including hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids).
Carolinas HealthCare System is now number one in the nation for "Disease-Specific Care Certifications," in comparison with other large national healthcare systems. With 24 accredited provider organizations, the System now has a total of 54 such certifications from The Joint Commission.
U.S. News & World Report recognized six adult specialties as "high-performing," including cancer, nephrology, pulmonology, gynecology, orthopedics and urology. In addition, six pediatric specialties—including cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology and orthopedics—were ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Other notable recognitions in 2012 included medals for organ donation from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast.
These and other accomplishments reflect an ongoing commitment to extraordinary clinical quality and cutting edge research, while delivering the best possible customer care experience to every patient and family.