On July 21, “U.S. News & World Report” released its annual Best Hospitals rankings, listing WVU Medicine’s Ruby Memorial Hospital the No. 1 hospital in West Virginia for the fourth consecutive year.

In addition to the state ranking, Ruby was recognized as a Best Regional Hospital and high-performing in these medical specialties: cancer, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology.

U.S. News changed the way it recognized specialties this year. Previously, hospitals were recognized as “high performing” if they were ranked in the top 25 percent. This year, a hospital was recognized as “high performing” if it scored in the top 10 percent but did not receive a national ranking. Only the top 50 hospitals received a national ranking.

“I have been part of WVU Medicine for almost a year now, and these rankings don’t surprise me,” said WVU Medicine President and CEO Albert Wright. “We’re a world-class organization with world-class faculty and staff. And even though we’re busier than ever before, everyone is working together to provide high-quality and compassionate care and service.”

To view the 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings, visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. The Best Hospitals Guide will hit newsstands on Sept. 1.