PINEHURST - FirstHealth Moore Regional has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in North Carolina for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
“It is an honor to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” says David J. Kilarski, Chief Executive Officer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “This recognition confirms that Moore Regional offers the highest quality care and technology of a large university-affiliated hospital, while still providing the personal touch of a community health care facility.”
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
“These rankings show that we are committed to providing a higher standard of care for our patients,” says John Krahnert, M.D., Moore Regional’s Chief Medical Officer. “Whether through Community Benefit services or major specialty lines, we are committed to providing the best quality care to our patients and the communities we serve.”
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.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says 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. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”
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 will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27.