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U.S. News again recognizes 12 specialities at Ruby Memorial as High Performing

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the third consecutive year, “U.S. News & World Report” has named WVU Hospitals, with its flagship hospital Ruby Memorial, the number one hospital in West Virginia.

The national magazine today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings, listing WVUH as high-performing in 12 medical specialties. In addition to the state ranking, WVU Hospitals was recognized as a Best Regional Hospital and high-performing in cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose, and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology. WVUH received the same rankings in the previous two years. “We are honored to receive this recognition for the third consecutive year,” Charlotte Bennett, interim CEO of WVU Hospitals, said. “Our physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals are truly dedicated to providing quality care and to improving the health of all that we serve.” The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly diffi cult surgery, a challenging condition, or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures, such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffi ng levels, and other data, largely determined the rankings in most specialties. “The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor, said. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.” Nearly 30,000 patients from throughout the state and the surrounding area are cared for each year at WVUH and Ruby Memorial. WVU Hospitals is part of WVU Healthcare, the entity that is comprised of the teaching hospitals and clinics for West Virginia University’s health professions schools. It includes a Level I Trauma Center, WVU Children’s Hospital, and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. WVU Hospitals is a member of the West Virginia United Health System. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015" guidebook, available in August.