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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Duke Regional Hospital Among the Best in the State

July 15, 2014

Durham, NC – Duke Regional Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in the state by U.S. News & World Report. Duke Regional tied as the sixth best hospital in North Carolina and third best in the Raleigh-Durham Metro Area that includes Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“Duke Regional’s exceptional physicians, nurses and staff work tirelessly every day to ensure our patients receive the best possible care,” says Katie Galbraith, president. “We aim to provide top quality care while focusing on the needs of our patients and their loved ones. We are proud that U.S. News has recognized our hospital as one of the best in an area with many other prestigious and well respected hospitals.”

Duke Regional has also been named a high performer in the following specialties:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

U.S. News recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“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.”

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 extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, 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 are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.