North Carolina Baptist Hospital Again Ranked As One Of America's Best By U.S. News & World Report

July 17, 2003

North Carolina Baptist Hospital is listed as one of America''s Best Hospitals in six categories by U.S. News & World Report in the July 28 issue of the magazine.

The magazine lists 50 hospitals in each of 17 categories.

North Carolina Baptist Hospital -- the teaching hospital of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center -- ranked 21st nationally in cancer on the latest list, 24th in geriatrics, 26th in urology, 33rd in ear, nose, and throat, 37th in heart and heart surgery and 50th in orthopedics.

The rankings are produced by combining a number of factors, including reputational score, mortality ratio (actual deaths compared to expected deaths in that specialty), whether the key technologies in that specialty are available, the hospital-wide ratio of registered nurses to beds, and the number of patients treated in that specialty.

In every instance, Baptist Hospital had all of the latest technologies that the magazine counted in measuring technology services.

The overwhelming majority of the hospitals in the rankings are teaching hospitals.


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