Relocating to the Raleigh area means you're near plenty of North Carolina's hospitals.

When choosing an active adult community, location is as important as the homes and amenities offered within. During your search for the perfect 55+ community, you’re no doubt looking at proximity to attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

But what about hospitals?

Choosing a community in close proximity to a good medical facility that you can trust, one that has everything you need in case of emergencies, routine medical procedures and appointments, and specialty services is just as important as any of the other factors you’re taking into account.

If you’re thinking about moving to North Carolina, we’ve got the five best hospitals and medical centers in the state, according to U.S. News & World Reports and the active adult communities closest to them.

Duke University Hospital - Durham

Located in Durham, Duke University Hospital is a general medical and surgical facility that’s scored high in patient safety. As a teaching hospital, it has demonstrated commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes and is the flagship of the Duke University Health System, which has three hospitals for inpatient services and widespread outpatient services, including the Duke Primary Care network.

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Winston-Salem

A nationally-prominent academic medical center in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an integrated healthcare network that incorporates hospitals, clinics, physician practices, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving the residents of 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia.

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University of North Carolina Hospitals - Chapel Hill

Also known as UNC Medical Center and UNC Healthcare, UNC Hospitals is a public academic medical center first established in 1952 under the name N.C. Memorial to provide patient care, educate healthcare professionals, and advance medical research in partnership with the UNC School of Medicine. With more than 900 beds, the medical center in Chapel Hill comprises N.C. Memorial Hospital, N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Neurosciences Hospital, and N.C. Women’s Hospital.

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Vidant Medical Center - Greenville

Located in Greenville, Vidant Health is one of the most progressive not-for-profit healthcare systems, reaching more than 1.4 million people across 29 counties. Its system of care includes Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Medical Group, Vidant Wellness Centers, and Vidant Health Foundation. In 2013, the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital was opened. And in 2018, the 418,000-square-foot Vidant Cancer Care at the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower opened, serving at the region’s hub for oncology care.

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Carolinas Medical Center - Charlotte

Now known as Atrium Health, this is one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations, and has been serving the Charlotte community since 1940. Since then, Atrium Health’s network has grown to include more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations ranging from doctors' offices to behavioral health centers to nursing homes.

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