Durham, NC – Duke Regional Hospital, formerly Durham Regional, ranked as the fourth best overall hospital in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
“Our goal was to become the best community hospital in North Carolina,” said Kerry Watson, president. “According to these latest rankings, we have now achieved that milestone and I couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated team of physicians, staff and volunteers for making this dream a reality.”
Duke Regional also ranked #34 in the nation in Diabetes and Endocrinology and was named a high performer in the following specialties:
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
- Neurology & Neurosurgery
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.