Facts & Figures: Patient Care


Health System and Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC)

Duke Health comprises the Duke University Health System, Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Nursing, and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC). As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities. 

Building with Duke Health Logo on it.Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the Duke University Health System offers a full network of health services and encompasses three highly regarded hospitals—Duke University Hospital, Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital—physician practices, home hospice care and various support services at locations across North Carolina.

The PDC is the independent, multi-specialty physician practice of Duke Health. Founded in 1931, the PDC is one of the first and largest faculty practices in the United States.


Duke Health Innovates to Attack COVID-19

N95 masks

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In March 2020, Duke University Hospital joined the first national effort to test the drug remdesivir as a potential therapy for COVID-19, giving hospitalized patients with significant symptoms the option to participate. That same month, Duke Health research and clinical teams developed a way to use existing vaporized hydrogen peroxide methods to decontaminate N-95 masks so they could be reused. The process uses specialized equipment to aerosolize hydrogen peroxide, which permeates the layers of the mask to kills germs, including viruses, without degrading the mask material. This allows decontaminated masks to be re-used safely and provides protection for frontline health care workers. Although the process was developed in 2016, Duke researchers showed how it could be applied in a real world setting during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Providers Transition to Telemedicine Visits 

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke Health transitioned to an increased rate of telemedicine visits in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Since March 1, 2020, Duke Health providers have performed 95,798 video visits, compared to less than 100 per month pre-COVID-19. During the same time period, providers have performed 158,066 telephone visits, compared to less than ten per month pre-COVID-19.


Health System and PDC Employees

     19,867 Duke University Health System Employees Full time

19,867  Duke University Health System full-time employees:

  • Duke University Hospital  
  • Duke Regional Hospital
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital 
  • Duke HomeCare & Hospice
  • Duke Primary Care 
  • Duke Health & Wellness

1,469   Private Diagnostic Clinic full-time employees

Affiliated Programs – Through the Duke Heart Network, Duke Oncology Network, Duke Neonatology Network, Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, and Duke/LifePoint partnership, Duke Health has established clinical and research affiliations with community hospitals to benefit patients throughout the Southeast.


Patients Served

Duke Health serves patients at multiple sites across the Triangle, offering the highest quality care. The below graphics represent the total approximate figures for Duke University Health System, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Duke Primary Care. Data is from FY 2020.


Patients served at Duke Hospital, Duke Raleigh, Duke Regional, and the PDC.


Numbers of patients care for in multiple settings


Chart Data


Patients served by facility

Duke University Hospital
Outpatient Visits          1,017,747
Inpatient Discharges    41,168
Surgical Procedures    38,876

Duke Regional Hospital
Outpatient Visits           176,862
Inpatient Discharges    15,472
Surgical Procedures    8,450

Duke Raleigh Hospital
Outpatient Visits           284,285
Inpatient Discharges    9,921
Surgical Procedures    15,740

Duke Primary Care
Outpatient Visits        755,965



94,537       Inpatient Discharges w. Obs    
2,858,813  Outpatient Visits
166,263     Emergency Department Visits
1,456         Patients transported by LifeFlight - excl ground

70,200  Surgical Cases

5,903   Babies Delivered
7,809   Cardiac Caths
585     Organ Transplant

195 Kidney
150 Lung
103 Heart
130 Liver
7 Pancreas, Intestine and 15 multi-organ transplants