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CMS star ratings are comprehensive way to measure hospital quality and safety

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – July 27, 2023 – UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, UNC Health Rex in Raleigh and Appalachian Regional in Boone have received top 5-Star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which measures hospital quality and safety to help consumers make informed choices.

UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill

The latest CMS hospital ratings, which were posted on the CMS website in late July, use a wide range of publicly available data in categories that include mortality, safety of care, readmissions, timely and effective care, and patient experience. CMS provides the star ratings to help patients make decisions about where to get health care and encourage hospitals to improve the quality of care they provide.

Among UNC Health hospitals:

  • UNC Hospitals and Appalachian Regional both improved to 5 Stars from 4 Stars in the latest CMS rating.
  • UNC Health Rex maintained its 5-Star rating.
  • UNC Health Nash in Rocky Mount and UNC Health Wayne in Goldsboro improved to 4 Stars.
  • UNC Health Pardee in Hendersonville maintained its 4-Star rating.

“We appreciate our teammates and physicians for their commitment to using CMS and other ratings to drive continuous improvement across our health system,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health. “In particular, this is a pretty remarkable performance for UNC Hospitals, which as the state’s academic medical center cares for the sickest patients from across North Carolina.”

To learn more about CMS hospitals ratings or to compare the ratings of other hospitals, visit the Hospital Compare website.


About UNC Health

UNC Health is a state entity and an affiliated enterprise of the University of North Carolina system, comprised of 15 hospitals, 19 hospital campuses and more than 900 clinics along with the clinical patient care programs of the UNC School of Medicine (SOM). It exists to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others we serve and to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina SOM. Over the past three years, UNC Health has provided more than $400 million in uncompensated or charity care to the citizens of North Carolina. Our hospitals have received numerous awards and recognition for quality care, patient safety and the overall patient experience. For more information, please visit