Awards and Honors

Innovation is not new to UNC REX Healthcare.

UNC REX has a long history of ‘firsts’ for the Triangle and/or the state of North Carolina.

  • The first Magnet hospital in the Triangle
  • The first robotic bariatric procedure performed
  • The first to complete an endovascular aortic graf
  • The first to implement sentinel node procedures for breast cancer
  • The first to be named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
  • The first ACoS comprehensive cancer center
  • The first to offer tomotherapy - with our partnership with UNC

Awards and Recognition

UNC REX Healthcare is proud of the many ways that our efforts to provide excellent patient care, be a good community partner and honor a quality workforce are recognized. We're honored to share the following kudos, just to name a few:

Newsweek Magazine included UNC REX on its ranking of the “World’s Best Hospitals” for 2021. UNC REX was one of only 330 hospitals nationwide to make the list. Read the full story here: (2021)

Newsweek also included UNC REX on its 2021 list of the “Best Maternity Care Hospitals.” That list can be seen here: (2021)

Business North Carolina magazine named UNC REX as the No. 1 hospital in the state on its 2021 list of North Carolina’s Best Hospitals. Read the full report here: (2021)

Triangle Business Journal honored two co-workers from UNC REX in its annual Health Care Heroes awards: Orlando Reyes, director of Environmental Services, and Julie Aucoin, director of Nursing Practice, Research, Professional Development and Magnet Coordinator. (2021)


UNC REX’s N.C. Heart & Vascular Hospital was named to Fortune and IBM Watson Health’s 2021 list of the nation’s top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals. It was the fourth straight year UNC REX made the list. Read more here: (2020)

UNC REX Healthcare was named one of the nation’s Top Hospitals for 2020 by The Leapfrog Group, an elite achievement based on the highest standards for quality and safety. Only 105 hospitals nationwide were chosen for this year’s award, out of more than 2,200 hospitals that were considered. UNC REX was selected as one of 48 hospitals in the “Teaching Hospital” category. (2020)

UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina – and one of only 29 hospitals nationwide – to be awarded an ‘A’ in every Leapfrog grading cycle since 2012. (2020)

UNC REX achieved a five-star rating for quality of care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). That puts UNC REX in the top nine percent of hospitals nationwide. UNC REX is one of 13 hospitals in North Carolina to receive five stars from CMS. Read more here: UNC REX Healthcare Receives Top Five-Star Rating from CMS for Quality of Care (2020)

UNC REX received its fourth consecutive Magnet Designation, the first for a hospital in the Triangle. The Magnet Recognition program affords important national recognition to healthcare organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care. (2020)

UNC REX was named to the US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals list which also included special recognition for receiving the top rating in all 10 procedures and conditions. This is an awesome accomplishment considering only 37 hospitals (less than 1%) in the country receive this recognition. (2020)

UNC REX has been rated the #5 hospital in the state and #3 hospital in the Triangle in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" report.  (2020)

Two nurses, Joel Ray, UNC REX's Chief Nursing Officer, and Kim Baker, team leader on 4 West were named to The Great 100 Nurses list. Nurses named to this prestigious list are recognized for demonstrating excellence in practice and a commitment to their profession. (2020)

HealthGrades named UNC REX as one of America’s 100 best Hospitals for Specialty Care (2020)

Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards in Cardiac Surgery (2020, 2019, 2018), Joint Replacement (2020), Stroke Care (2020, 2019, 2018).

Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award -Top in the nation for overall patient experience based on nine measures related to doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness and noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions (2020, 2019)

The Triangle Business Journal honored local Healthcare Heroes including Logan Jones and April Lalumiere both from UNC REX for their outstanding contributions in healthcare. (2020)

Dr. Omar Kass-Hout, MD, and Dr. Tibor Becske, MD, recently completed the first "Comaneci Assisted Coiling" procedure in North Carolina at UNC REX.  A Comaneci device was used to assist with a previously ruptured brain aneurysm embolization. The device is a new technology that functions as a temporary stent that can maintain coils in place while coiling, but can be removed at the end of the procedure to eliminate the long term need for blood thinners. It is named after the famous Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, in an attempt to reflect its flexibility and adaptive nature to the vessels. (2020)

Last month, UNC REX received its three year Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American Association of Cardiology. This distinction demonstrates our heart and vascular team’s commitment to a quality improvement program focused on the efficient and effective care of acute coronary syndrome patients. (2020)

UNC REX has been a Joint Commission approved Stroke Center since 2011


UNC REX Celebrates 125 years in Raleigh (2019)

WRAL awarded UNC REX Best Hospital by the Voters’ Choice Awards. (2018 and 2019) WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards return in September

UNC Rex received a score of 100 and was designated a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the National LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Index Human Rights Campaign Foundation. (2019) (will receive again in 2020 but has not been announced yet)

UNC REX received national recognition from the American Heart Association as a Gold Plus STEMI Receiving and Silver NSTEMI recognition in its Mission: Lifeline program for improving patient care and outcomes for heart attack patients. (2019)

Sandra Waugaman was name to The Great 100 Nurses list. (2019)

The National Research Corporation (NRC) has named UNC REX Healthcare a Consumer Choice Award winner every year from 2004 – 2019.

UNC REX Healthcare is the first hospital in Wake County to receive a new Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation, which recognizes excellent care provided for older adults. UNC REX earned a Level 3 “Bronze” accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians. (2019)

Forbes ranked UNC REX as #12 on its Top 20 Best Employers in North Carolina. (2019)

UNC REX was listed as #7 on the U.S. News & World Report. Regional Best Hospitals list and was rated high performing in 9 adult procedures and conditions (2019). UNC Health Care is also consistently nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. (2019)


UNC REX Hospitals was honored as one of the 100 great hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. (2018)

NC Heart & Vascular Hospital at UNC REX awarded the City of Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh Award, TBJ Space Award and Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas Eagle Award. (2018)

Received the 2018 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for outstanding commitment to high-quality stroke care using the latest scientific evidence. (2018)

Downtown Raleigh Alliance named the NC Heart & Vascular Hospital its Development Project of the Year. (2018)

Wake Technical Community College Foundation honored UNC REX as its Corporate Benefactor of the Year. (2018)

UNC REX awarded BCBSNC Blue Distinction Specialty Care designation for bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee & hip replacement, spine surgery and maternity care. (2018)

Earned a CareChex Quality Award for #1 in N.C. for Medical Excellence. Also ranked #1 Hospital in the state for Medical Excellence in Hip Fracture Repair. (2018)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) survey star ratings, which measures patients’ experiences with home health agencies, awarded Rex Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center of Raleigh and Apex a Five-Star rating for overall quality. (2018)

Four nurses, Lisa Lee, MSN, Martha Fish, MSN, Tracy Hall, BSN and Dana Garcia, were named to The Great 100 Nurses list. Nurses named to this prestigious list are recognized for demonstrating excellence in practice and a commitment to their profession. (2018)

The Triangle Business Journal honored local Healthcare Heroes including former President of UNC Health Care William Roper, MD with the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as President of UNC Health Care Wesley Burks, MD, for their outstanding contributions in healthcare. (2018)

Chris Morris named National Child Safety Technician of the Year and UNC REX was named the Checking Station of the Year – Non-permanent. (2018)

News & Observer named cardiac nurse leader Janice Laurore, RN, Tarheel of the Week. (2018)

N.C. American College of Emergency Physicians NCACEP honored Ryan Lamb, MD with its N.C. Medical Director Award. (2018)

Culinary Director Jim McGrody winner of the 2018 Silver Plate Award in Healthcare Food Service by International Food Service Manufacturers Association. (2018)


HealthGrades awarded UNC REX the Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the third consecutive time, placing the hospital among the top 15% of hospitals in the U.S. (2017)

Additional recognition by HealthGrades for the Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award and Joint Replacement Excellence Award were bestowed to UNC REX for three consecutive years and the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for two consecutive years. (2017)

Strategic Healthcare Partners (SHP) awarded Rex Home Services the SHP Best Superior Performer award for ranking in the top 20% in the SHP national HHCAHPS survey benchmark for overall satisfaction as measured from the patient's point of view. (2017)

Becker’s Hospital Review named Bill Roper, MD and Steve Burriss to its non-profit hospital & health system CEO to Know list. (2017)

Earned first Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star rating, placing UNC REX in the top 9% of U.S. Hospitals. (2017) Tour named the Rex Healthcare Foundation its national Charity of the Year. (2017)

The Great 100

The Great 100 is a grassroots, peer recognition program that honors the nursing profession in North Carolina.

The Great 100 recognizes the importance of Registered Nurses in diverse practice settings and their impact on nursing. Since 1989, this professional organization has acknowledged more than 100 nurses throughout North Carolina who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession.

UNC REX is proud to recognize all our past Great 100 winners:

Nita Abraham

Mary Atwood

Michele Bain

Kim Baker

Sylvia Bass

Renee Bridges

Fadwa Bousliman

Laurie Cain

Joan Cederna-Moss

Rosemary Hill

Tonia Jackson

Teresita Lacara

Janice Laurore

Mary Kate Toma McConnell

Kathie Mulligan

Karen O’Donnell

Joel Ray

Elizabeth Rochin

Vanessa Snellings

Laura Stryffeler

Sharon Taylor

Kathy von St. Paul

Cara Winstead

Ann Woodruff

Helen Zehnder