U.S. News & World Report Ranks High Point Medical Center as a Top Ranked Hospital in North Carolina
According to U.S. News & World Report latest rankings of the nation’s Best Hospitals, High Point Medical Center is the fourth best hospital in North Carolina.
“We are proud to be recognized as one of the best hospitals in the state. This speaks to the exemplary staff we have and to our commitment of providing exceptional health care services to the people of our region,” said Jeffrey S. Miller, president of High Point Medical Center. “For more than 100 years we have been committed to providing the best health care to the High Point community and we will continue to focus on that in the years ahead.”
In all, this year's 23rd annual ranking showcases 732 hospitals out of nearly 4,800 hospitals nationwide, including the best in each of 16 medical specialties and in more than 90 metropolitan areas. Hospitals are ranked according to the publication’s rigorous criteria.
High Point Medical Center was also ranked 26th in the nation for the treatment of Diabetes and Endocrinology. In addition, the health system was designated as a “high performer” in seven specialties:
The Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Medical Center was also the highest ranking community cancer center in the Triad for the fourth consecutive year.
“We are excited that Hayworth Cancer Center's commitment to quality care continues to be validated by the U.S. News scores for the fourth time in as many years," said Bernard Chinnasami, M.D. "We are continuing that quest for excellence. Our development of an innovative provider partnership model that allows us to tailor cancer care to the unique needs of each patient further distinguishes us as a regional leader in oncology care."
While reputation continues to play an important role in the Best Hospitals rankings, clinical data such as patient outcomes and processes of care have become central. Criteria include factors such as mortality, nurse staffing, advanced technologies and other hard measures with a direct link to the quality of patient care. Clinical factors now make up nearly 70 percent of a hospital’s score.
Rankings Editor Avery Comarow describes the U.S. News rankings as an aid that can help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, NC. Highlights of the 2012-2013 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebooks which will be on sale in August.
The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals