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Carolinas Medical Center[1] (CMC) is a large, public, non-profit hospital located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Carolinas Medical Center
Atrium Health
Location1000 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates35°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 systemPrivate, Medicaid, Medicare
Hospital typeGeneral and specialized
Affiliated universityUniversity of North Carolina School of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
HelipadFAA LID: 34NC
ListsHospitals in 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.[2][full citation needed]

Dr. Francis Robicsek performed the first heart transplant at Carolinas Medical Center in 1986.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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

In April, 2016, CMC Parent Carolinas HealthCare System appointed Eugene A. Woods president and CEO. Mr. Woods was formerly president and COO of Irving, Texas-based CHRISTUS Health. Mr. Woods earned a bachelor's degree in health planning and administration, a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree in health administration from State College-based Pennsylvania State University.

On June 9, 2016, it was reported that the U.S. Justice Department and the N.C. Attorney General's office filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Carolinas HealthCare System, alleging the chain illegally reduces competition in the local health care market.[6]

March 30, 2017, a North Carolina federal judge found that DOJ's lawsuit targeting CHS's direct and indirect anti-steering provisions preventing insurers from steering patients to lower-cost providers alleged plausible antitrust violations, and should continue to discovery.

On July 3, 2017 it was reported that Carolina's Healthcare System had agreed to pay a $6.5 million False Claims Act settlement to settle charges over its billing practices brought by a whistle blower, U.S. Attorney Jill Rose said Friday. Prosecutors contended the Charlotte-based hospital system had been improperly “up-coding” claims for urine drug tests in order to receive much higher payments than CHS would have if billed properly.[7]

On September 12, 2017, Three female pediatricians working at Carolinas HealthCare System filed a lawsuit alleging that CHS paid them substantially less than a male counterpart on the basis of their gender. The three physicians raised concerns about pay to supervisors but neither CMHA nor Carolinas took any action, according to the suit.“CHS and its affiliates, including CMHA, have engaged in a pattern and practice of paying its female physicians less than its male physicians,” according to the lawsuit. “This case represents a flagrant example of CMHA’S and CHS’ unlawful pay practices.”

On January 23, 2018, it was reported that Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for 83 of 240 inpatient claims reviewed by HHS' Office of Inspector General, according to a recent OIG report.

February of 2018, a Class Action Antitrust Lawsuit was filed on CMC Parent Carolina Health System that potentially involves tens of thousands of patients who have stayed overnight in a Carolinas HealthCare System hospital over the past four years and reads in part: "As a direct result of CHS's anti-competitive conduct, inpatient consumers are forced to pay above-competitive prices for co-insurance and other direct payments to CHS."

In February 2018, 12 Pediatricians, or 9% of CHS Charlotte regional pediatric physician staff, refused to sign new Carolina Health System/Atrium Health Employment contracts, stating those contracts offered were significant pay reductions over the prior year. Those physicians chose to leave employment than accept the new pay reduction.

On April 2, 2018, a group of more than 90 physicians with Atrium Health subsidiary Mecklenburg Medical Group filed a lawsuit against the Charlotte-based health-care system in an effort to separate into an independent practice. The lawsuit filed in Mecklenburg County Superior Court alleges Atrium's "self-serving monopolistic and anticompetitive actions" present a threat of those doctors from providing "high quality, cost-effective" care to their thousands of patients.

In 2018, it was reported by Atrium Health (Formerly Carolina Health System) CEO Gene Woods, who was hired April 2016, made $5.4 million in total compensation for calendar year 2017, his first full year leading the Charlotte-based hospital system.The figure includes a salary of $1.6 million and a bonus of more than $3 million for 2017.[8]


  1. ^ "Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) | Charlotte NC Hospital". Atrium Health. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Charlotte Observer, May 5, 1970
  3. ^ "Across the Region". February 7, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ "The Charlotte Campus — Charlotte Program". UNC School of Medicine. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Dyrda, Laura (July 28, 2011). "60 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs". Becker's Hospital Review.
  6. ^ Alexander, Ames; Garloch, Karen (June 9, 2016). "State and feds say Carolinas HealthCare drove up costs by curbing competition". The Charlotte Observer.
  7. ^ Marusak, Joe (July 1, 2017). "Carolinas HealthCare to pay $6.5 million settlement over urine tests". The Charlotte Observer.
  8. ^ Roberts, Deon (February 22, 2018). "Atrium Health reveals what its top executives were paid in 2017". The Charlotte Observer.

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