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Published on July 30, 2019

U.S. News & World Report Names Cone Health Hospitals High Performing

Hospitals are significantly better than the national average in at least one area of care.


Greensboro—Cone Health hospitals have been recognized as High Performing Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 2019-20. The ratings indicate that care was significantly better than the national average in at least one of the conditions that people are most likely to go to a hospital for.

For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than one-third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all 9 procedures and conditions. 

Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital (listed as Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital) are rated High Performing in the following categories:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement

Alamance Regional Medical Center earned its first “High Performing.” The ranking is for heart failure care. High Performing is the highest rating that U.S. News awards for disease-specific care.

Annie Penn Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital earned their first Best Hospital ranking (46) in urology. This recognizes complex specialty care.

“It is great to receive this affirmation of the truly exceptional care that we provide at Cone Health,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive. “Our patients receive some of the highest-quality care available anywhere right here in the communities we serve.” 

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their fifth year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for those conditions and elective procedures that people are most likely to seek care for in a hospital.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” says Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators.

The Procedures & Conditions ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts.

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