Wake Forest Baptist Again Listed among ‘Best Hospitals’ by U.S. News

July 21, 2015

Seven Specialties Cited as Medical Center is Nationally Ranked for 23rd Straight Year

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is once again rated as one of the leading hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

In the online magazine’s 2015-16 “Best Hospitals” report, released today, Wake Forest Baptist is ranked among the nation’s top 50 in seven adult medicine specialties:

  • Cancer (17th)
  • Nephrology (18th)
  • Urology (28th)
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (29th)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (37th)
  • Pulmonology (37th)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (46th).

In addition, the Medical Center is rated as “high performing” in five specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Gynecology and Orthopedics.

The U.S. News ratings recognize Wake Forest Baptist as the No. 1 hospital in the Piedmont Triad region – no other area hospital earned a top-50 ranking -- and No. 2 in North Carolina.

“This is a testament to efforts of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly every day to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist’s chief executive officer. “We are very pleased to be nationally recognized for these efforts. It is our mission and our goal to ensure the best care for those in the communities we serve and to continually improve their health.”

U.S. News publishes the rankings to assist patients who are seeking surgery or other treatment for complex medical conditions or who require a special level of care. 

“These hospitals have demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, U.S. News’ chief of health analysis. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

For the 2015-16 rankings, U.S. News assessed approximately 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult medicine specialties. Less than 3 percent of the hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.

Wake Forest Baptist has now been nationally ranked by U.S. News every year since 1993.   

Media Relations

Mac Ingraham: mingraha@wakehealth.edu, 336-716-3487

Shannon Putnam: news@wakehealth.edu, 336-713-4587