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

July 8, 2004

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina Baptist Hospital is listed as one of “America's Best Hospitals” in four categories by U.S. News & World Report in the July 12 issue of the magazine, which hit the newsstands Monday, July 5.

The magazine lists 50 hospitals in each of 17 categories.

North Carolina Baptist Hospital -- the teaching hospital of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center -- ranks 24th nationally in urology on the latest list, 26th in geriatrics, 28th in cancer, and 46th in ear, nose, and throat.

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

In every ranked category, Baptist Hospital had all of the latest technologies that the magazine counted, and the hospital provides all 15 of the prescribed patient/community services.

Of the 6,012 medical centers in the United States, 2,113 were eligible for inclusion in this year’s listing, but only 177 were able to rank in even one category. The overwhelming majority of the hospitals in the rankings are teaching hospitals.


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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,282 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds.

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