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Durham City of Medicine

A City of Medicine

The evolution from being one of the world’s leading tobacco towns to one of the world’s leading medical destinations is most certainly an interesting story, and the results of the journey are quite spectacular.

In 1906, Durham pharmacists Germain Bernard and Commodore Council developed BC Headache Powder, an innovative remedy marking the community’s emergence as a center for healthcare. Today, healthcare is Durham’s largest employment cluster, and “City of Medicine” is one of Durham’s legacy brands. Nearly one in three people in Durham works in a health-related field, and more than 300 medical and health-related companies, medical practices, weight management centers, and pharmaceutical research organizations are located here with a combined payroll exceeding $1.2 billion.

Durham has:

  • A physician-to-population ratio almost 4.5 times the national average.
  • Over 3,700 licensed physicians and interns and more than 6,000 nurses.
  • 46% of the biotech firms based in North Carolina.
  • One of three U.S. hospitals to be recognized by the American Hospital Association for leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment to patient care.
  • One of the top 10 U.S. hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Facilities serving more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina.

At the heart of Durham’s reputation are six modern hospitals—Duke University Hospital & Medical Center, Duke Children’s Hospital & McGovern-Davison Health Center, Durham Regional Hospital, Durham Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, and North Carolina Specialty Hospital.

Durham is home to Research Triangle Park and is a giant within biotech, pharmaceutical, and health-related fields.

More info:

>> Medical & Emergency Facilities
>> Research Triangle Park
>> Durham Fitness Video

Sources: UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, Duke Medicine, VAMC Durham
Photo Credit: Jared Lazarus, Duke Photography/DCVB

October 3 - 3, 2014

Moonlight & Starlight Paddle

Enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays & starshine, and experience the sounds of nature. These very leisurely paddles are suitable for just about anyone. Pre-registration required. Cost $25 per person (canoe), $30 per person (kayak).

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