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What are the Triangle's best hospitals? Latest rankings are released

The (Raleigh) News & Observer logo The (Raleigh) News & Observer 7/28/2020 By Simone Jasper, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

The latest Triangle hospital rankings are out, and some of the top medical centers also got national recognition.

Duke University Hospital in Durham was again named the best facility in the region on a U.S. News & World Report list published Tuesday.

Here’s how other hospitals fared:

No. 2: University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill

No. 3: UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh

No. 4: Duke Regional Hospital in Durham

No. 5: WakeMed Raleigh

Both Duke University and UNC Hospitals were the highest-ranking in the state and placed nationally in several categories, results show.

Duke snagged top-20 spots for some adult specialties, including No. 7 for ophthalmology; No. 13 for rheumatology; and No. 19 for nephrology, according to U.S. News & World Report.

UNC ranked No. 13 for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology and No. 18 in gynecology, results show.

It was the second consecutive year Duke University Hospital missed the Honor Roll, a list of about 20 top hospitals in the country. The medical center made its last appearance in 2018, when it held the 19th spot, The News & Observer reported.

In an article published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Duke authors argue U.S. News & World Report rankings miss the mark on accounting for some health situations patients face. The article says life expectancy is lower in the Southeast, which has no hospitals on the 2020-21 Honor Roll.

“By failing to adequately account for patients’ socioeconomic status, underlying health status and life expectancy, U.S. News inaccurately measures the skill and quality with which hospitals provide care,” Sarah Avery, director of the Duke Health News Office, said in an email. “As a result, hospitals in regions with less privileged populations are inadequately assessed and are sometimes denied the prestige, resources, and recognition that can come from a high ranking.”

U.S. News & World Report didn’t immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment on Tuesday afternoon.

The hospital rankings are widely used and have been around more than 30 years. To come up with this year’s Honor Roll, analysts say they scored roughly 5,000 hospitals for their performance in 16 specialties.

In North Carolina, U.S. News & World Report says it analyzed 132 hospitals, with 17 meeting high enough standards to make it into the rankings.

The specialty rankings are “based largely on survival rates for particularly challenging patients, on patient experience and on other measures of performance that can be assessed using hard data,” according to the survey.

Hospitals are also evaluated through “procedure and condition ratings,” U.S. News & World Report said in its methodology. The analyses shouldn’t take the place of a health professional’s recommendations, according to the results.

The results were collected before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the methodology.

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