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How the Triangle ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hospitals

The Mayo Clinic has been named the nation’s best hospital by U.S. News & World Report, which unveiled its annual ranking of the country’s medical centers.

It’s the second consecutive year the Rochester, Minnesota-based property ranked No. 1 on the publication’s best hospitals Honor Roll, which recognizes the 20 hospitals that received the highest score across 16 specialties and five procedure and condition rankings.

Taking the No. 2 spot for a second straight year was the Cleveland Clinic. Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California – San Francisco Medical Center, respectively, rounded out the top five.

Johns Hopkins overtook Mass General for the No. 3 spot this year, with those two properties changing their 3-4 rankings from last year. UCSF moved into the top five after the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center dropped to No. 7 on the list.

Duke University Hospital was the only one from North Carolina to make the national Honor Roll. In the Triangle, it ranked No. 1 followed by UNC Hospitals, UNC Rex Hospital, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals.

Within individual specialties measured, U.S. News ranked the Cleveland Clinic No. 1 in the cardiology and heart surgery category; the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranked No. 1 in cancer care; and New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery ranked No. 1 for orthopedics.

To compile the ranking, U.S. News compared more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Hospitals were primarily judged on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

 

This year’s report also changed its methodology to avoid penalizing hospitals for treating low-income patients or for accepting high-risk cases transferred from other hospitals.

By Jeff Jeffrey – National Digital Producer, Triangle Business Journal

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Top 30 North Carolina tourist attractions

The Triangle once again dominates the list of North Carolina’s most visited historic tourist attractions in 2016.  You don’t want to miss these!

In the top 30, four attractions are in Raleigh, with one each in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The top tourist attraction, for the third year in a row, is in Raleigh. The Biltmore in Asheville had long been at the top since the list began 13 years ago, but is no longer counted among the popular attractions because it stopped reporting attendance totals.

See:   https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/03/07/top-30-north-carolina-tourist-attractions.html     for the slideshow.

The list is compiled by Carolina Publishing & Associates.

Raleigh was ranked the best city in the state to start a business due to its labor market.

Entrepreneurs and business owners need look no further than the Tar Heel state to set up shop — North Carolina came out on top in a new study of the best states to start a business.

The study, conducted by Fit Small Business, cited the state’s labor market and taxes as driving an ideal environment for business owners. Fit Small Business, out of New York City, says it provides research to help small business owners make wiser decisions.

The researchers used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Kauffman Foundation and the Small Business Administration to rank states on seven categories — access to capital, startup activity, taxes, cost-of-living, labor market, quality of life and cost of starting a business.

The study took corporate, individual income, unemployment insurance, property and sales taxes into account, ranking North Carolina 11th nationally for tax rates. At 3 percent, North Carolina’s corporate tax rate is the lowest of any state levying a corporate tax, according to the Tax Foundation, and is set to be reduced to 2.5 percent beginning in 2019 after to the North Carolina General Assembly’s latest budget.

Raleigh’s educated population and its high-quality research facilities earned it the top spot among cities statewide for starting a business. More than 40 percent of Raleigh’s population over 25 held at least a four-year degree, compared to just over one-third of Americans nationally.

The state’s startup activity also ranked highly — a category that took the rate of entrepreneurs and the survivability of business into account.

But those looking for venture capital investments and small business loans may turn their attention elsewhere. The state was ranked 34th in “access to capital.”

The cost of starting a business, based on per capita income and median commercial rent per square foot per year, fared worse for North Carolina than a majority of states as well. Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals North Carolina’s 2016 per capita income of $42,002 lags behind the national average of $49,571.

In addition to North Carolina, Utah, Texas, Indiana and Montana rounded out the top five states for starting a business.

by:, triangle business journal