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July 18, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 18, 2013) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce it has been recognized as high performing in nine of 16 different specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

WakeMed’s nine high-performing categories include:

• Cardiology & Heart Surgery
• Diabetes & Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
• Geriatrics
• Nephrology
• Neurology & Neurosurgery
• Orthopedics
• Pulmonology
• Urology

In addition, WakeMed is ranked #5 in North Carolina, #4 in the Raleigh-Durham metro area and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in the Piedmont region (NC).

“WakeMed offers the highest level of care available in Wake County in many different specialty areas, including critical, neonatal, neuroscience, cardiology and trauma care among others,” commented West Paul, MD, PhD, WakeMed vice president of quality and patient safety. “We are very proud to be recognized and ranked among the best by a national organization for our efforts.”

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 8,500 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 240 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

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