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UNC Medical Center?

From our nurses to our physicians to our support staff, everyone at UNC Medical Center does everything in their power to deliver the best possible care to the people of North Carolina. It’s a special type of work environment. One where we all share equally in the mission and vision of UNC Medical Center and everyone gets the support they need to grow their skills, their abilities and their career. But don’t take our word for it. We went to the people who know best—our employees. Discover what they have to say below.


  • Heather

    Shamieka James

    Recreational Therapist

    Compared to other hospitals, we have great benefits. The PTO hours are generous, we get great health care, and we also have the opportunity to sell time back or even donate to our colleagues.

    Helping patients get back to their normal life is what Shamieka James does every day as part of the team at UNC Medical Center, WakeBrook. That means putting the needs of the patient first. She works to develop and implement coping skills groups, creates new interventions such as expressive arts, exercise and relaxation techniques, and documents patient progress. She loves working in a health care system that puts the patient first and values innovation.

  • Katherine

    Katherine Moore

    Clinical Nurse IV, 5 Bed Tower

    I’m really proud of our shared governance model. It’s about empowering nurses to make the decisions about how we administer care and making sure changes come from the bottom up as opposed to the top down. It gives nurses a voice.

    Katherine started her nursing career in the float pool at UNC Medical Center. Her manager at the time worked with her to define her goals, develop her strengths and find a full-time position that fit and worked for her. She was hired as a Clinical Nurse I for the 5 Bed Tower and through the new nurse residency program developed clinical, leadership and research skills. Now she’s a Clinical Nurse IV, using all the abilities she’s developed while climbing the clinical ladder.

  • Lisa

    Lisa Pendergraph

    Administrative Specialist, Lung Transplant

    We’re here for our patients and their family. We’re really here to serve them and you can see it every day, from environmental services to physicians to the administration.

    Every day, Lisa Pendergraph knows she’s doing work that helps the people of North Carolina. She sees people walk through the doors of UNC Medical Center who can barely breathe, and leave with new lungs and a second chance at life. Her patients are like family to her. She helps them get set up pre-transplant and then follows them after surgery to ensure they’re getting the care they need. It’s support that makes a difference. UNC Medical Center has the longest-living lung transplant patient in the world.

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