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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 Nurse Named a Great 100 Nurse in North Carolina
Robin Pritchett, RN, of the Raleigh Campus Chest Pain Unit, was selected as one of The Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina by The Great 100, Inc., an organization that recognizes nursing excellence and provides scholarships to nursing students across the state. Pritchett, along with 99 other registered nurses, was selected on the basis of outstanding professional ability and commitment to improving health care.


Triangle Business Journal 2014 Leader in Diversity
WakeMed was named a 2014 Leader in Diversity by the Triangle Business Journal. The program recognizes Triangle businesses, individuals and nonprofits that have demonstrated respect or inclusive treatment of others, advocacy for underrepresented groups and multicultural marketing.

WakeMed Recognized for Exceptional Women’s Services
WakeMed's commitment to area women is most recently reflected in two national recognitions, specifically highlighting the quality of care we provide to birthing mothers and women over age 65.

Consumer Reports: WakeMed Raleigh Campus Tenth Lowest C-Section Rate
When it comes to avoiding unnecessary C-sections, WakeMed Raleigh Campus is one of the leading hospitals in the nation, according to Consumer Reports. Learn more

WakeMed Cary Hospital: Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ 
Across town, WakeMed Cary Hospital was one of four North Carolina hospitals – and the only Triangle-area hospital – to receive a Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award for the care given to women over age 65. Learn more.  

WakeMed Achieves Top Honors for Stroke Care, Heart Failure
WakeMed is proud to have achieved top honors from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke and heart failure patients. Both WakeMed Cary Hospital and WakeMed Raleigh Campus received 2014 Gold Plus and Honor Roll awards for stroke care as well as the Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement award. Learn more.

STEMI Silver Quality
WakeMed Cary Hospital has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Referring Center- SILVER Level Recognition Award. To receive this distinction, WakeMed Cary Hospital consistently followed American Heart Association’s treatment guidelines for four consecutive quarters, meeting performance standards and measures to ensure STEMI, or heart attack, patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and, at the same time, improving care for all heart attack patients.

WakeMed Honored for Website Transparency
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is one of only 11 hospital systems nationwide to receive the 2014 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.

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.


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