Through the Years

2010-12-21 (2) 0004Durham County General Hospital opened its doors on October 3, 1976.

A merging of Lincoln Hospital and Watts Hospital, the mission of the new 487-bed, seven-story hospital was to provide “health services of a uniformly high quality as economically feasible to citizens of Durham County.”

The 1980s saw a rise in new technology, and Durham County General Hospital geared up to bring these advances to its residents. The hospital came to a crossroads in the 1990s – what once was a small community had exploded into a large regional area. Durham County General responded by expanding its focus to also serve Orange, Person, Chatham, and Granville counties. The expanded service area resulted in changing the name to Durham Regional Hospital – a name that reflected the true patient base.

1306_snclr-dk_8434In 1998, an agreement with Duke University Health System was signed and the two officially began a 20-year partnership. This agreement paired a strong community hospital with a leading academic medical center. On July 1, 2013, Durham Regional became Duke Regional Hospital. Click here to see a timeline of the hospital through the years.



Hospital Statistics for Fiscal Year 2013

  • Admissions: 16,652
  • Emergency department visits: 60,872
  • Babies delivered: 2,128
  • Outpatient visits: 111,646
  • Surgeries: 13,246
  • Number of physicians: 710
  • Number of nurses: 589
  • Number of volunteers: 196

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