Providers of Quality Health Care...


At Carteret Health Care, Compassion Runs Deep

This is illustrated by our core mission: to provide top-quality care to the community we serve.

But our responsibilities as a health care provider extend far beyond the walls of our hospital. We believe that it is our duty to ensure the health and well-being of every member of our community, by providing easy access to the necessary tools and resources at little to no cost to our patients. 

Some of the ways we give back to the community include:

  • Partnership with UNC Lineberger Center since 2012 allows for state of the art care and clinical trials right in Morehead City
  • Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Support Group (free)
  • Free monthly Lunch and Learn Conversations with UNC Lineberger to help cancer survivors, patients and care givers embrace healthy lifestyles
  • Pharmacy Residency Program - our awarded pharmacy residency program allows pharmacy students to learn from some of the best pharmacists in the region, and encourages them to bring their talents back to the Morehead City community. Read more
  • Fully funded local school health nurse position in Carteret County schools
  • Fully funded nursing faculty position at Carteret Community College
  • Funding for medication and patient care services at Broad Street Clinic

  • Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes 
  • Community Blood Drives and giving staff time to donate
  • Safe Sitter classes educating future babysitters on CPR and emergency response
  • Better Breathers support group - free support group for those who suffer from respiratory diseases, sponsored by the American Lung Association
  • Free community Health Fairs and Education throughout the county
  • Free community screenings for breast cancer, skin cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart failure, and pulmonary function
  • Free Outreach Services for Patients - Telehealth for congestive heart failure, COPD, pneumonia, sepsis, stroke, hypertension, and post hip/knee
  • Free Transitions of Care for Patients, including home visits and dietary consults 
  • Bereavement Support, A Time to Heal as coordinated by Carteret Health Care’s Hospice


At an affordable cost...

As a not-for-profit community institution, Carteret Health Care strives to deliver all of its services at the lowest possible cost to its patients.  CMS also provides average charges by diagnosis-related group (DRG) for all participating hospitals. A summary of Carteret Health Care’s average charges by DRG compared to the average of other North Carolina hospitals can be found here.


Don't take our word for it. 

It's easy to tout our quality care, but the proof of our capabilities is in the numerous awards and accreditations we have received from third-party groups. Most recently, these include:


Quality Honors:

  • Named one of America's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and in the Top 7% by the Women's Choice Award, 2019.
  • Only hospital in our region to earn Top 5% for Outstanding Patient Experience nationwide by Healthgrades, 2018.
  • Only NC Hospital recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics. 4 years running.
  • Recognized as a 2017 Most Wired Organization, 1 of only 13 NC hospitals.
  • One of the Best Hospitals by Business North Carolina, 2015
  • More rapid improvement than 98.5% in 2015 and 80% in 2016 nationwide by Truven Health Analytics, a healthcare analytics company that publishes the 100 Top Hospitals Report.

Cancer Care:

  • Awarded accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) since 2013.
  • Recognized for Medical Oncology by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative.
  • Since 2012, partnership with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care strengthens Carteret Cancer Center services including clnical trials, patients seeking second opinions and planning of patient care. 
  • Achieved recognition for Excellence in breast health as a Pink Ribbon Facility for 3D Breast Imaging.

Stroke Care:

  • Awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the AHA's Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
  • Certified Gold Plus  Target Honor Roll Award for Stroke care as recognized in the US News & World Report.  

Heart Care:

  • Cutting edge Telehealth program reduces readmissions for heart failure and COPD patients.
  • Nationally recognized for superior readmission rates.
  • Gold Plus Award and Honor Roll for Heart Failure and Gold Plus for Resuscitation by American Heart Association as recognized in the US News & World Report for Heart Failure treatment.  

Respiratory Care:

  • Earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. This is the 9th year that Carteret has been one of only 700 hospitals or approximately 15% of hospitals in the U.S. have received this award.



  • Named one of America's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by the Women's Choice Award, 2019
  • Certified by The Joint Commission for Joint Replacement - Hip
  • Certified by The Joint Commission for Joint Replacement - Knee
  • Certified by The Joint Commission for Spine Surgery


Sleep Center:

  • Awarded the highly-sought accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) including in-center polysomnography (PSG) and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT).


  • All American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited - PET/CT imaging, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, 3D Digital Mammography, and Imaging Center



  • Diabetes recognized by American Diabetes Association

Weight Loss Bariatric Surgery:

  • Certified by The Joint Commission for Bariatric Surgery - 1st in nation and NC, April 2017 
  • Achieved national accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
  • Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Home Care Care:

  • Accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Earned HomeCare Elite designation. 

Pharmacy Residency Program:

  • Leading the way for Pharmacy Residency programs in NC by being one of only 28 institutions accredited by the Commission on Credentialing of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

RN Transition to Practice:

  • Recognized for best practice for new RN Transition to Practice and Patient Plan of Care model by The Joint Commission, hospital accreditation agency.