North Carolina received today another "B" for the attention and resources it puts into palliative care.
The ranking was provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, which is affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. North Carolina got the same grade in the group's last ranking in 2008.
Palliative care is defined as a medical specialty that helps people facing serious and chronic illness be more comfortable through alleviating pain and symptoms and focusing on their quality of life.
About 90 million Americans could benefit from palliative care, according to the center. Out of 2,489 hospitals nationwide who participated in this survey, about 1,500 provide palliative-care services.
The national ranking rose from "C" to "B" in the past three years, according to a report released in the October issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.