Program Ranks Highest in the State
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 15, 2014 – Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center continues to be ranked
among the country’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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