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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 Achieves Top Honor for Stroke Care

WakeMed is proud to have achieved a top honor from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients. Both WakeMed Cary Hospital and WakeMed Raleigh Campus received the 2015 Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll recognition in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program. Learn more.


WakeMed Receives Top International Rating for Cardiothoracic Surgery

WakeMed is among the 12 to 15 percent of the 1,100 international hospitals involved in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database™ to receive a “3-star” rating for quality of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. A 3-star rating is the highest rating a hospital can achieve. Additionally, WakeMed exceeded the STS mean participant score in four of the five categories – overall rating, absence of mortality, absence of morbidity and medications for the January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 rating period. The STS developed a comprehensive rating system – the STS National Database™ -- in 1989.  Its focus was and still is quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. WakeMed joined the initiative in 2001. The STS National Database™ is now international and is considered the gold standard for clinical registries. 


WakeMed Earns VHA Top Performance Awards

WakeMed was recognized for excellence in clinical quality and supply chain performance by VHA Inc., a national network of not-for-profit health systems. This year, we received recognition in three areas:

  • Supply Chain Performance Improvement in the Joint Implant category
  • Commitment Recognition, Supply Network category, per our participation in Central Atlantic Health Network
  • Cary Hospital: Outstanding Achievement Award for reducing preventable heart failure readmissions   


Three from WakeMed Receive 40 Under 40 Leadership Award

WakeMed is proud of Dr. Bryon Boulton (WakeMed Physician Practices – Carolina Cardiovascular Surgical Associates), Dr. Islam Othman (WakeMed Physician Practices – Raleigh Cardiology) and Blair Reynolds (WakeMed Foundation) for being named to the Triangle Business Journal’s elite list of “40 Under 40” for 2015. According to the TBJ, the 40 Under 40 leadership awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.  This year, five judges from TBJ and the local business community reviewed nearly 300 nominations to determine the 40 winners. Learn more.



Two from WakeMed Named TBJ Women in Business for 2015

WakeMed is proud to congratulate Dr. Teresa Amerson (WakeMed Physician Practices - Primary Care) and Beth Rudisill (director, WakeMed Rehab Hospital) on receiving the 2015 Women in Business Award from the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ)According to the TBJ, these awards "recognize Triangle women who have proven to be dynamic and outstanding leaders with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service." The judges, including local business leaders and TBJ team members, reviewed nearly 100 entries to choose the 2015 winners. Learn more about Amerson and Rudisill.


WakeMed Named a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

WakeMed was designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology and the policies and procedures the organization follows — and superior patient care. Learn more.

WakeMed Cary Hospital Recognized for Quality, Cost-Effective Bariatric Surgery

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has recognized WakeMed Cary Hospital as one of the first health care facilities in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the area of bariatric surgery by the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction® Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective measures, which were developed with input from the medical community, for patient safety and better health outcomes. Learn more.


Heart Failure Accreditation

WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital are accredited in Heart Failure care by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). To receive Heart Failure Accreditation, both hospitals engage in a rigorous reevaluation and refinement of their cardiac care processes every four years in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into their processes for the care of heart failure patients.

Recognizing that heart failure is a leading cause of mortality in the United States, WakeMed knows its status of Heart Failure Accreditation demonstrates its commitment to effectively managing the increasing numbers of heart failure patients presenting to emergency departments. By being Heart Failure Accredited, both hospitals have enhanced the quality of care for heart failure patients and demonstrated their commitment to higher standards.

WakeMed Rehabilitation Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

CARF accreditation demonstrates WakeMed's substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF. In order to qualify, awarded programs undergo a rigorous peer review process that evaluates patient outcomes for long-term and lasting success. Each of the programs were examined by a team of surveyors during an onsite inspection. Awarded programs are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable. Learn more about the WakeMed-specific CARF Accredited programs.

2014 BEST Award for Commitment to Employee Learning 
WakeMed was among 46 international organizations to receive the 2014 BEST Award from the Association for Talent Development (ASTD). This award is the training industry's most prestigious and coveted honor. It recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development. At WakeMed, Organizational Development, Nursing Education and the Center for Innovative Learning (our medical simulation lab) offer ongoing opportunities to employees for skill and knowledge-base advancement. This is the fourth time that WakeMed has received the BEST award, making us one of only nine organizations to have won four or more times.



Gold Apple Award for Nutrition Excellence
WakeMed was recognized with a Gold Apple Award by N.C. Prevention Partners for achieving the highest standard of nutrition excellence at the workplace by providing and promoting healthy, affordable and delicious food and beverage options for employees. Programs and offerings that helped us achieve this recognition include more food labeling in our cafeterias, more healthy options in our vending machines, our new Healthy Food Environments policy, the WakeWell meal in our cafeterias (priced lower and reduced in calories, carbohydrates and sodium), and summer Farmers' Markets both in our Raleigh outdoor courtyard for the community and in our cafeterias for visitors and employees.   


Gold Star Award for Implementing Tobacco-Free Best Practices
WakeMed was recognized by N.C. Prevention Partners for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees. To receive this recognition, WakeMed has a tobacco-free worksite policy, refers its employees to effective quit programs and counseling, provides comprehensive cessation benefits (nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medications) and offers incentives to encourage employees to quit tobacco. These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Prevention Partners for comprehensive quit-tobacco systems at worksites.



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 Healthiest Employer of the Triangle Awards
The Healthiest Employer of the Triangle Awards recognize companies and nonprofit entities that commit to making wellness a priority while proactively shaping the health of their employees. Winning companies completed an online assessment, and their wellness programs were compared with those of other employers across the region and nation. WakeMed was one out of 35 local companies chosen for the award.

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.

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 Achieves Top Honor for Heart Failure
WakeMed is proud to have achieved a top honor from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients. Both WakeMed Cary Hospital and WakeMed Raleigh Campus received the 2014 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.


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 College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry-Get With the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014 

Both WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital have received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014 - two of only 256 hospitals nationwide to do so.

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.



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