Business North Carolina ranks New Bern hospital third best in state


NEW BERN, Craven County - A North Carolina magazine has recognized CarolinaEast Medical Center as the third "Best Hospital" in the state.

In a press release from the hospital, an article entitled "State's Best Hospitals" appeared in Business North Carolina magazine that ranked the hospital third. The 2016 edition had the hospital ranked fifth and the 2015 edition had it ranked 15th.

"We are obviously thrilled with our advance towards the top - it is affirmation that we strive to do what is right, every encounter, every opportunity, every day - no exceptions," said Ray Leggett, President and CEO of CarolinaEast Health System, in the press release. "This is yet another indication that our 2,500 plus employees, 250 physicians and nearly 500 volunteers come to work every day with a servant's heart to care for our community and our region - and they do so 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year - since we opened our doors in 1963."

The hospital reports it cared for 13,980 inpatients, 109,381 outpatients, 62,433 emergency department patients and saw 210,381 patients in the 17 CarolinaEast Physicians offices during 2016. Overall, 396,175 patient encounters took place on the main campus and throughout the four counties in which CarolinaEast has care locations.

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