Becoming the best community hospital in North Carolina

Kerry Watson, President

1306_snclr-dk_8434For more than three decades, Duke Regional Hospital has been committed to caring for you and your loved ones. Today I am delighted and honored to share Duke Regional is the leading community hospital in North Carolina.

According to the 2013-14 Best Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Duke Regional ranked fourth out of 147 hospitals in North Carolina, and third out of 19 hospitals in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, which includes Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. In addition, Duke Regional was ranked nationally in diabetes and endocrinology as well as high performing in nine areas, including cancer; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology and urology.

For 24 years, U.S. News & World Report has graded hospitals nationally and in 16 adult specialties based on quality data provided by the federal government. Criteria include patient safety, patient survival rate, quality of care and reputation among physicians. To make the Best Hospitals list, a hospital must stand out in the way its specialists care for tough cases. Only 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as one of their region’s best, and just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty. These rankings are important because they offer much-needed assistance in making the difficult decision about where to go to get care for complex medical conditions.

Becoming the best community hospital in North Carolina is a significant milestone, not only for our institution and team but also for our community. Our mission and commitment is to care for each and every person who walks through our doors, with the promise of providing the top-quality care you expect from our experienced clinical and support teams.

Now, as the best community hospital in the state, our promise to you is stronger than ever.

Celebrate Independence Day safely

fireworksTomorrow is the Fourth of July: a time to celebrate not only our country’s founding but also the best parts of summer. The warm sunny weather. The cool water of the pool. Fun and games outside. Gathering with family and friends.

To make sure your holiday is memorable and safe, follow these tips.


  • Cook meat and poultry thoroughly, and avoid cross-contamination.
  • Use a cooler or freezer packs to keep cold foods at the right temperature.
  • Keep food out of direct sun.


  • Be aware of how many alcoholic drinks you have consumed.
  • Do not drink and drive. Designate someone who is not going to drink alcohol to drive instead.


  • Wear a seat belt, and use proper seats for young children.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving; pull to the side of the road or park if you need to make a call.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, especially if it’s warm outside.


  • Use insect and tick repellant during camping, hiking, hunting and other outdoor activities.
  • Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15 as well as a hat and sunglasses.


  • Let professionals manage the fireworks display.
  • If you light any fireworks, do so in a clear area away from houses, people and flammable materials.
  • Keep water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that do not go off or in case of fire.

For more safety tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Safety Council.

Duke Regional Hospital: Serving our community since 1976

Kerry Watson, President

Nurse with patientToday marks an exciting and significant point in the life of Durham Regional Hospital. After more than three decades serving the community’s medical needs, today our name changes to Duke Regional Hospital.

But for us, Duke Regional Hospital is more than a name. It’s a promise.

A promise to deliver exceptional care from expert physicians, to soar on the leading edge of technology and to be the best community hospital in North Carolina.

As we embrace the new name, we remember our decades as a fixture in Durham and surrounding communities. Our new tag line, “Serving our community since 1976,” reflects our hospital’s history and tradition of caring as well as the merging of our predecessor hospitals, Lincoln and Watts. While our name has changed, the personal touch and compassionate care we offer our patients and their loved ones will carry on today and for generations to come.

For more than 35 years, this has been our promise to you.