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CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 15, 2014 - Six Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals have been recognized in the 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Ratings as having high-performing specialty programs, including the urology program at Carolinas Medical Center, which was ranked as the 40th best urology program in the country.
“Having multiple facilities and multiple specialties throughout the system ranked is a reflection of our commitment to provide the best care for our patients closer to where they live,” said Roger Ray, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Carolinas HealthCare System. “Over the past year, the System has achieved many firsts including the first total artificial heart implantation in the region and opening Charlotte’s first adult bone and marrow transplant unit. This high level of quality care delivered by our physicians and our integrated approach to delivering that care drives these recognitions.”
Carolinas Medical Center had 11 other specialty programs recognized as high performing and was named the best hospital in Charlotte. Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast had nine specialties named as high performing and was ranked second. Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy was the fourth ranked hospital in Charlotte with six high-performing specialties. Moses H. Cone also had nine specialties designated as high-performing.
System hospitals in South Carolina were also recognized as AnMed Health was the second-ranked hospital in that state with seven high-performing specialties and Bon Secours St. Francis ranked fourth with five specialties recognized.
For the 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50. Hospitals recognized as high performing provide care comparable to the level of nationally ranked peer organizations and are leaders in the region. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals earned a national ranking.
The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings reflect care for patients needing an advanced level of care, such as a difficult or complex surgery, or care stemming from a challenging condition or additional risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival, patient safety data, and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties.
In June, Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children’s Hospital was named one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, ranking in the top 50 in five specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, nephrology and orthopedics.
Specialty programs recognized as high-performing programs include:
|Carolinas Medical Center
||Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast
|Moses H. Cone
||Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy
||Bon Secours St. Francis
For a complete list of rankings: U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014-15
About Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare System works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.