Carolinas Medical Center

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Carolinas Medical Center
Carolinas HealthCare System
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates 35°12′14″N 80°50′21″W / 35.2040°N 80.8391°W / 35.2040; -80.8391Coordinates: 35°12′14″N 80°50′21″W / 35.2040°N 80.8391°W / 35.2040; -80.8391
Care system Private, Medicaid, Medicare
Hospital type General and specialized
Affiliated university University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Helipad FAA LID: 34NC
Beds 874
Founded 1940
Lists Hospitals in North Carolina

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is a large, public, non-profit hospital located in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The hospital was organized in 1940 as Charlotte Memorial Hospital on Blythe Boulevard in the Dilworth neighborhood. Since that time, the hospital has undergone several major expansions and bringing the licensed bed capacity to 874 beds.

In May 1970, the organ Transplant program began with the first cadaveric kidney transplant performed by Dr. Don Mullen and Dr. Dale Ensor. This was one of the first transplants in the USA done outside a medical school setting. A year later, Mullen and Ensor performed the first living related transplant.[1]

Dr. Francis Robicsek performed the first heart transplant at Carolinas Medical Center in 1986.[2]

In 2007, the multistory Levine Children's Hospital was completed and opened, making it the second largest children's hospital in the Southeastern United States, after Washington, D.C..

In 2010, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine established the Charlotte Campus of the UNC School of Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.[3] Students from UNC School of Medicine had been completing clinical rotations at Carolinas Medical Center for over 40 years prior.

On July 28, 2011, Becker's Hospital Review listed Carolinas Medical Center under 60 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs.[4]

Today, Carolinas Medical Center is the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center and part of Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the largest public not-for-profit healthcare systems in the United States.


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