Published on March 06, 2019

NC Heart & Vascular Hospital

UNC REX Healthcare Recognized for Excellence with ACC HeartCARE Center Designation

Honor reinforces UNC REX’s commitment to providing top cardiovascular care for all patients

RALEIGH, N.C. – March 6, 2019 – UNC REX Healthcare is honored to receive a top recognition from the American College of Cardiology, reinforcing the hospital’s commitment to providing comprehensive and high-quality cardiovascular care for all patients.

The ACC awarded UNC REX with its HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence. UNC REX is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive the designation, and one of only 13 hospitals nationwide.

The recognition comes as UNC REX marks the second anniversary of the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital, which opened in March 2017 and has treated thousands of patients from Wake County and across Eastern North Carolina. It also follows UNC REX being named to a list of the nation’s 50 best Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health last fall.

“The North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital has been extremely busy since the day we opened the doors 2 years ago. Our entire team is committed to providing the best care possible, and continually improving our processes,” said Dr. James Zidar, Physician-in-Chief of the Heart & Vascular service line, UNC Health Care. “These types of recognition programs provide a way for us to benchmark ourselves, and to learn best practices from other top hospitals across the country.”

According to the ACC, hospitals receiving the HeartCARE Center designation have demonstrated their commitment to consistent, high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, disease and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence and community engagement.

“UNC REX has demonstrated its commitment to providing patients in the Raleigh area and beyond with excellent heart care,” said Dr. Phillip Levy, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.


For more information about cardiovascular care and services at UNC REX, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019, and the N.C. Heart & Vascular Hospital, visit here.