Maria Parham Medical Center

Located in north-central North Carolina on the Virginia border – less than an hour’s drive from Research Triangle Park, one of the largest research complexes in the United States – is Henderson…a town that offers its residents the best of both worlds: the quiet and calm that comes with living in a small town, with easy access to world-class amenities and academic institutions just a few miles south on I-85 and US 1.

The Hospital

Located 40 miles north of Raleigh, North Carolina, in Henderson, 102-bed Maria Parham Medical Center is the region’s healthcare leader and the first hospital to become a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the College of American Pathologists, it provides its community with physicians representing a wide range of specialties; highly trained nurses and clinical specialists; and the latest technology. Maria Parham recently completed a $52 million addition and renovation to its facilities.

Maria Parham is home to the region’s largest and most comprehensive Emergency Department staffed by board-certified emergency physicians. It also offers the leading maternity center in the four-county area; the region’s only Special Care Nursery and CARF-accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit; and the area’s largest and most advanced intensive care and progressive care services. In addition, Maria Parham offers state-of-the-art physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Advanced technology is another feature of Maria Parham Medical Center. With two CT scanners, a wide-bore MRI, Nuclear Medicine and a Women’s Diagnostic Center, no other hospital in its region can provide the level of care Maria Parham offers. Similarly, the Medical Center is a leader in Surgical Services. With five of the region’s newest and best-equipped operating rooms and the largest GI Suite, Maria Parham provides expertise comparable to larger, academic facilities.

Other services include cardiac catheterization, sleep studies, cardiovascular services and the region’s only accredited Respiratory Care department. Medical and Radiation Oncology programs affiliated with Duke University Health System are recognized for cutting edge technology and superior clinicians.

The Community

Henderson is the county seat of Vance County, located in north-central North Carolina on the Virginia border. The community offers a small-town feel (the town's population is 16,000, the county's is 45,000), but is less than an hour's drive to the larger metropolitan areas of Durham and Raleigh. Henderson’s residents enjoy a mild climate (average temp. of 60 degrees) and local amenities including:
  • A wide variety of affordable property lots and attractive housing, including traditional homes in historic neighborhoods, new homes in convenient subdivisions, country homes in a rural setting and waterfront lake homes.
  • Two country clubs with golf courses, tennis courts and four swimming pools.
  • Nearly 800 miles of shore line on beautiful Kerr Lake, offering camping, boating, swimming, sailing and fishing.
  • A revitalized downtown shopping and business area, designated as a National Register Historic District and a North Carolina Main Street city.
  • Numerous shopping centers featuring full-line department stores and specialty shops.
  • More than 60 active civic clubs and community organizations.
  • Vance-Granville Community College, serving more than 16,100 students annually.


From hiking, biking and bird watching to shopping, golfing and dining, Henderson and its surrounding area offers a variety of recreational choices for residents and visitors of all ages.

Among the most popular of the region’s destinations is Kerr Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Southeast, with more than 850 miles of shoreline stretching across Vance County and the North Carolina/Virginia state line. Incredibly beautiful, Kerr Lake offers everything from wooded shores and secluded coves to tranquil picnic areas and easy access to water sports like boating, fishing, skiing, sailing and wind surfing.