New Hanover Regional Medical Center ranked among “Best Hospitals” for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report

July 19, 2013
WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center has received national recognition for excelling across a broad spectrum of patient care in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of Best Hospitals. NHRMC was recognized among the Best Hospitals in North Carolina and the Coastal Plain area indicating high proficiency in serving the needs of patients. NHRMC was also recognized as high-performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. “The team of physicians, nurses and staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center work hard every day to deliver high quality patient care to everyone who comes to us,” said Jack Barto, president and chief executive officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our team and I am proud of this accomplishment.” The annual U.S. News Best Hospital rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For the 2013-14 rankings, 147 of the approximately 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated were ranked in at least one specialty. The rankings are based on an extensive analysis that combines measures of performance in three primary dimensions of healthcare: structure, process, and outcomes. Structural measures include hospital volume, technology and other resources that define the hospital environment, measured in the American Hospital Association (AHA) annual survey. Process is represented mostly by a hospital’s reputation for developing and sustaining a system that delivers high-quality care, determined by a survey of board-certified physicians. Outcomes performance relies on patient survival and safety. “A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best.”About New Hanover Regional Medical CenterWith a dedicated team of approximately 5,400 employees, 550 physicians and 750 volunteers, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is one of the largest public, not-for-profit healthcare organizations in the Carolinas. A multi-campus healthcare system, NHRMC includes the main 17th Street campus, Cape Fear Hospital on Wrightsville Avenue and the management of Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw. With a team-based approach to healthcare, NHRMC offers a variety of healthcare services, technologies and treatments for patients of all ages.About U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its annual "Best" series of consumer web guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more. U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. The rankings have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 5,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly. ###