Business North Carolina’s March 2021 magazine profiles many the state’s best-performing hospitals based on a proprietary ranking system. Duke University Hospital and UNC Rex take top billing. But lesser-known CaroMont Health ranked fourth, an impressive showing for a smaller hospital that aims to stay independent in a consolidating business, executives explain in the cover story. Another story profiles Eva Clayton, the first Black congresswoman from North Carolina. Other articles include the growing popularity of shared kitchens to supply local restaurants and food trucks; a new money management business backed by the Belk and Close families; how Guilford College is trying to reverse a financial slide and a hustling Waynesville entrepreneur who operates three businesses under one roof.