Norris Cotton Cancer Center Ranked Among America's Best by U.S. News

July 16, 2009

USNews 2009-10 logoFor the eighth consecutive year, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Norris Cotton Cancer Center has been listed by U.S.News & World Report among the top 50 cancer facilities in the country. "Transforming cancer care in our communities is very important to us," said Cancer Center director, Mark Israel, M.D. "Our ranking by U.S. News for eight consecutive years underscores our long-term commitment to deliver the newest technologies and advanced treatment options that make a difference in people's lives throughout our region."

U.S. News evaluated over 4,800 hospitals across the country for its 2009 edition. Only 174-just over 3.5 percent-earned a Top 50 ranking in one or more of 16 different specialty areas. In addition to the Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock was recognized for its care in gynecology, ENT (ear, nose, and throat) and orthopaedics. U.S. News's 2009-10 publication of America's Best Hospitals is available online today at and on newsstands on Tuesday, July 21.

"Dartmouth-Hitchcock is pleased to once again be recognized among America's best health care institutions," said Nancy Formella, M.S.N., R.N., president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. "Our mission is to provide each person the best care, at the right time, every time, and our U.S. News ranking is just one indication that we are on the right track."

In 12 of the 16 specialties reported, U.S. News compared hospitals on reputation, death rate, and a set of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services, as well as patient safety, a new category for 2009. In the four other reported specialties, the ranking is based solely on reputation, which is derived from physician surveys. "When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for someone close to you," said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor. "These are hospitals that are used to getting the sickest patients."

"Our vision is to achieve the healthiest population possible and to lead the transformation of health care in our region and our nation," said Thomas Colacchio, M.D., President of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. "We are proud of the physicians, providers, nurses, and staff throughout our organization who work each day to make that vision a reality. They are the reason that DHMC continues to be recognized among the best in the country, year after year."