Author: Lindsay K. Saunders
July 19, 2019 – Once more, NCDHHS’ Broughton Hospital in Morganton has been named among the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.
The 10th annual contest conducted by healthcare job and staffing services provider Soliant Health generated a record-setting number of nominations and a combined total of 8.5 million votes for the nominated facilities that people rated as "beautiful inside and out." The contest identified outstanding hospitals for their commitment to growing and improving their campuses and outpatient facilities.
Hospital employees, patients, community members, partners, stakeholders and other NCDHHS employees came together to cast their votes and see Broughton recognized for its historic beauty. Broughton was ranked 13th and tallied more than 19,000 votes.
The recognition described Broughton with the following summary:
"Broughton Hospital is comprised of an incredibly caring team of staff members who are committed to their work. A hospital that looks like an English castle that has stood the test of time and still stands as beautiful as it did when it was first built. The 135-year-old marble-and-brick facility is also the oldest building ever to make our rankings. Broughton jumps to the #13 spot for our 2019 ranking, after making an appearance in the 2018 and 2017 lists. As with 2018, Broughton is the sole “heritage” building on our 2019 list and only the second ever, after Johns Hopkins."
Broughton Hospital serves 37 of the westernmost counties in North Carolina, including: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey. Visit the Broughton Hospital website to learn more about the treatment provided there.
The original Broughton Hospital was founded in 1843, with subsequent additions as the years have gone by. A new Broughton Hospital has recently been completed, with a dedication planned for August and patient transition to be fully operational in September 2019.
The Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities oversees and manages 14 state operated healthcare facilities that treat adults and children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and neuro-medical needs.
The Division's psychiatric hospitals provide comprehensive inpatient mental health services to people with psychiatric illness who cannot be safely treated at a lower level of care. Treatment modalities utilized at the state hospitals include: medication, psychosocial rehabilitation, counseling, educational sessions, group therapy, recreation therapy, work therapy, diet and occupational therapy. These facilities are accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and are certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.