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Only four New England institutions—including DHMC's Norris Cotton Cancer Center—made the top-50 ranking in the cancer category in this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" issue. Norris Cotton was ranked 30th this year, a jump of 10 places over its 2002 rank, and had the same overall score as Yale-New Haven Hospital. The other two New England hospitals on this year's top-50 list were Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. The rankings are based on such factors as volume, mortality, national reputation, and nurse-patient ratios.

Norris Cotton is also one of only 39 institutions nationwide designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. Since the appointment in 2001 of Mark Israel, M.D., as its director, the center has undertaken a doubling in the size of its facility and has recruited 20 new faculty members.


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