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Vidant Medical Center earns best regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report

July 17, 2012 posted by Barbara Dunn

WASHINGTON,  D.C.– Vidant Medical Center is among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, according to U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals.  

U.S. News annually publishes the Best Hospitals rankings in July. At the midpoint of the 2011-12 year, its editors have now recognized 247 hospitals outside major metropolitan areas, including Vidant Medical Center, as Best Regional Hospitals. The list of those hospitals is available online at  


“We are pleased to be listed by U.S. News as a ‘best hospital’,” said Steve Lawler, president of Vidant Medical Center.  “We are committed to providing best-in-class care and best-in-class experience to the people and communities we are so privileged to care for and serve. This ‘best hospital ‘ status is without question the result of the excellent work of our health care team – our superb medical staff and employees.”   


Vidant Medical Center also is singled out for recognition of three areas of medical specialty:  


  • nephrology, the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, 
  • pulmonology, dealing with diseases involving the respiratory tract; and   
  • urology, which focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females, and on the reproductive system of males. 


Hospitals like Vidant Medical Center offer a high level of medical care to communities that otherwise might have limited options, says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.  

“All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” Comarow said. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.” 

U.S. News annually evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 different medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind its analysis in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Physicians’ responses to a national survey, in which specialists are asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also are factored in.

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