U.S. News & World Report Again Names Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Among Best Hospitals in the Nation and Second Overall in NC

July 15, 2014

Cancer Program Ranks Highest in the State 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center continues to be ranked among the country’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Wake Forest Baptist’s inclusion in the online magazine’s 2014-15 Best Hospitals lists, released today, marked the 22nd consecutive year that the Medical Center has achieved national rankings.

Wake Forest Baptist is ranked No. 2 overall in North Carolina and No. 1 in the state for its cancer program. No other Triad region hospital was nationally ranked among the top 50 Best Hospitals.

The Medical Center was nationally ranked in four adult specialties: Cancer (20th,), Ear, Nose & Throat (42nd), Nephrology (20th) and Pulmonology (43rd) as well as High Performing in eight additional adult specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology. U.S News describes High Performing as “hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.”

 “The fact that the Medical Center has held a consistent presence in the national U.S News & World Report rankings for 22 years speaks to the continued commitment of our faculty, staff and those who support our clinical and research enterprise,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist’s chief executive officer. “Our patients and community are the beneficiaries of that commitment. Our goal is to provide the best quality and most advanced care in the region. I am proud of what our team and our patients accomplish together every day.”

The U.S. News rankings, now in their 25th year, are meant to provide guidance to those seeking treatment for complex medical conditions or requiring specific surgical intervention that is not widely available. Only 144 of the 4,743 hospitals evaluated were ranked in at least one adult specialty. In 12 of the 16 adult specialties, rankings are based on data in four major categories:  structure, process, outcomes, and patient safety. 

 “The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News’ Health Rankings Editor, Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”


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