Some may be familiar with Durham’s start as a tobacco town or the popular nickname “Bull City,” but today Durham is also referred to as the City of Medicine.
Durham’s identity as a healthcare leader traces back to 1906, when Durham pharmacists Germain Bernard and C.T. Council developed BC Headache Powder. In the century that followed, healthcare has become Durham’s largest employment cluster – 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.
Today, Durham continues to earn its name as the City of Medicine because it 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 US 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 US 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.
- Six modern hospitals that lie at the heart of Duham’s reputation: Duke University Hospital & Medical Center, Duke Children’s Hospital & McGovern-Davison Health Center, Duke Regional Hospital, Durham Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, and North Carolina Specialty Hospital.