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U.S. News and World Report Ranks High Point Regional Health System Highest Among Community Cancer Centers in the Piedmont Triad

9/23/2009

According to U.S. News and World Report's Cancer Hospital Rankings, High Point Regional Health System ranks higher than any other community comprehensive cancer center in the Piedmont Triad.

"Our Cancer Center provides patients and their families world class care during what may be anyone's most difficult health challenge," said Janet Forrest, manager of Patient Rights and Oncology Services, High Point Regional. "And for a reputable publication to score us among the highest in the state is a significant accomplishment."

The Cancer Center at High Point Regional was ranked highest based on: the availability of Intensivists, Magnet nursing status, nurse to patient staffing ratios, the total volume of cancer cases treated at the facility, availability of key advanced technologies (full-field digital mammography, image guided radiation therapy, PET/CT scanner, robotic surgery, shaped beam radiation), and the availability of key patient services (palliative care services, a pain management program, an infection isolation room, patient-controlled analgesia, genetic testing/counseling, hospice services, availability of interpreters for non-English speaking patients and wound management services).

Hospitals were scored on reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Reputation, which counted as 32.5 percent of the score, was based on three years of specialist surveys – a total of almost 10,000 physicians were asked to name five hospitals they consider among the best in their specialty for difficult cases, without taking into account cost or location. A mortality index, also 32.5 percent of the score, indicates a hospital's ability to keep patients with serious problems alive. Patient safety, new this year, made up five percent of the score; it indicates how well a hospital minimizes harm to patients. And a group of other care-related factors, such as nurse staffing and available technology, accounted for the remaining 30 percent.

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