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North Carolina Baptist Hospital Again Ranked As One Of America's Best By U.S. News & World Report

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina Baptist Hospital is listed as one of America''s Best Hospitals in six categories by U.S. News & World Report in the issue of the magazine that goes on sale on July 15. The magazine lists 50 hospitals in each of 17 categories.

North Carolina Baptist Hospital -- the teaching hospital of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center -- ranked 15th nationally in geriatrics on the latest list, 23rd in ear, nose and throat, 24th in urology, 31st in heart and heart surgery, 42nd in cancer and 43rd in orthopedics.

The rankings are produced by combining a number of factors, including reputational score, mortality ratio (actual deaths compared to expected deaths in that specialty), whether the key technologies in that specialty are available, the hospital-wide ratio of registered nurses to beds, and the number of patients treated in that specialty.

In every instance, Baptist Hospital had all of the latest technologies that the magazine counted in measuring technology services. The hospital ranked 14th in cancer patient volume among the top 50 hospitals treating cancer, 22nd in patient volume among the top 50 hospitals treating heart problems and 24th in volume among urology services. In general, higher patient volumes in a particular specialty result in better outcomes.

The overwhelming majority of the hospitals in the rankings are teaching hospitals.

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Contact: Jim Steele, Mark Wright or Robert Conn at (336) 716-4587.

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