The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 12, 2013

Vidant recognized by Business North Carolina magazine


TARBORO — Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and two of its sister hospitals in the Vidant Health network — Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Chowan Hospital — were included in four lists of top hospitals in the state in the March edition of Business North Carolina magazine that became available Tuesday.

Vidant Edgecombe’s ranking came as a result of high patient satisfaction rankings through surveys conducted by The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. Those results had previously been published in this newspaper.

In the listing headed “Patient Picks,” Vidant Edgecombe is listed as the No. 16 hospital in the state — sharing the spot with Duke Health Raleigh Hospital and UNC Hospitals. All earned a 78 patient rating.

The top-ranked hospital, satisfaction-wise, was Presbyterian-Huntersville, with an 86.

Vidant Medical Center in Greenville ranked No. 7 with an 82, while Vidant Chowan in Edenton ranked No. 19 with a 77.

Vidant Medical Center was also included in the list “Business North Carolina’s best hospitals,” where it was listed No. 18 along with CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, Duke Health Raleigh Hospital and Moses Cone in Greensboro.

Those three hospitals each scored 40 points.

The top-ranked hospital was Rex Hospital of Raleigh, at 49 points.

According to the magazine, the rankings were the result of an analysis of data from Medicare and Medicaid, the North Carolina Hospital Association “and other sources for 13 weighted criteria such as patient satisfaction, death rate for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, patient-safety records and hospital-acquired conditions for procedures such as heart and vascular surgery, joint replacement and female reproductive surgery, and independent experience data compiled by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, The Leapfrog Group and U.S. News & World Report.”

Vidant Medical Center was also listed in a compilation headed “Cutting-edge hospitals,” which, according to the magazine, earned a spot based on experiences with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in regards to the quality and expertise in the delivery of specific surgical procedures.

Vidant Medical Center was listed for its bariatric surgery while Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount was listed for bariatric surgery and knee and hip replacements.

Vidant Medical Center also made one other list in the magazine — the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Four North Carolina Hospitals — Duke, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, UNC Hospitals and High Pont Regional — earned rankings in 24 categories in the list with Duke’s pulmonology department’s No. 5 listing best among the group.

Vidant Medical Center was included in a group of 21 hospitals listed as a “standout hospital.”

Vidant Medical Center was listed for nephrology, pulmonology and urology.