WFUBMC Again Ranked As One Of America's Best By U.S. News & World Report

July 13, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is listed as one of “America's Best Hospitals” in two categories by U.S. News & World Report in the July 25 issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands Monday, July 16.

The magazine lists 50 hospitals in each of 16 categories.

Wake Forest Baptist ranks 25th nationally in endocrinology on the latest list and 28th in respiratory disorders. The goal of the rankings is to identify facilities that excel at treating a variety of demanding illnesses within a specialty. Out of 5,462 hospitals evaluated, only 173 met that standard in one or more specialties.

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.


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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center 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 1,154 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report

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