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Duke Ranks 7th on 'America's Best Hospitals' List

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke University Medical Center ranks seventh among U.S. hospitals in the latest annual

"America's Best Hospitals"

rankings from U.S. News magazine.

Duke scored 17 points in 10 different specialties based on the magazine's ranking criteria.

The magazine ranked Duke eighth in its 2005 ratings.

Only 3 percent, or 176, of the nation's 5,184 hospitals made the list. The Honor Roll was limited to the 14 hospitals that achieved points in six or more of 16 specialties.

The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill received points in seven categories.

The data gathered for the list was collected and analyzed by RTI International, which is based in Research Triangle Park.

Duke ranked seventh in cancer, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, and urology services. It was eighth in digestive disorders and ophthalmology, ninth in kidney disease, orthopedics and respiratory disorders. Other rankings included psychiatry (10th), rheumatology (11th), neurology and neurosurgery (14th), pediatrics (18th), endocrinology (19th) and ear, nose and throat (24th).

UNC Hospitals ranked 14th in gynecology, 18th in ear, nose and throat, 22nd in psychiatry, 26th in digestive disorders, 29th in kidney disease, 31st in urology, and 40th in cancer.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center ranked in two categories: ear, nose and throat (32nd) and urology (46th).

Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville was ranked 50th in endocrinology.

Mission Hospitals in Asheville was ranked 35th in orthopedics.

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