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U.S. News Ranks Durham Regional Hospital #4 in Raleigh-Durham

July 21, 2011

Durham, NC Durham Regional Hospital has been ranked fourth out of 18 hospitals in the Raleigh-Durham Metro area in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. Durham Regional was also named a high performer in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopaedics and urology.

“We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings,” says Kerry Watson, president of Durham Regional Hospital. “Our physicians and employees are dedicated to providing top-quality patient care every day and recognition such as this shows that we are achieving our goal.”

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

For the full list of metro area rankings visit