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North Carolina's Best Hospitals : 2007

Ratings on this page list in alphabetical order the state's top hospitals last year in selected specialties. Health Grades Inc. compiled the lists for Business North Carolina using Medicare data risk-adjusted for hospitals that receive sicker patients. It reports on about 5,000 hospitals in 32 procedures and diagnoses. Limited reports are free on the Internet. Detailed reports are available for a fee.

Clinical excellence
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville
Mission Hospitals, Asheville
Rex Hospital, Raleigh

Ranked among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for lowest in-hospital mortality rates for coronary-bypass surgery and stroke and for in-hospital mortality and complications for at least 21 of 32 procedures rated by Health Grades.

Critical Care
Duke Health Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh
Duke University Hospital, Durham
Durham Regional Hospital, Durham
Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory
Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia
UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill
NorthEast Medical Center, Concord
Rex Hospital, Raleigh
WakeMed, Raleigh
WakeMed Cary Hospital, Cary

Based on care for diabetes, sepsis (blood poisoning), pulmonary embolism and respiratory failure, plus intensive-care-unit staffing, mortality at one and six months and other factors.

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