Heart Program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Ranks 37th in Nation in U.S. News & World Report
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Heart Program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Ranks 37th in Nation in U.S. News & World Report 

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Norfolk, VA. - July 13, 2001 - The Heart program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has again earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of America's Best Hospitals.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Heart program is the only cardiac program in Virginia to earn a place in the U.S. News survey, ranking at 37. The survey places Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in the elite company of the 50 hospitals recognized for their heart programs out of the 6,116 that were surveyed for the rankings.

Ronald A. Stine, M.D., a cardiologist with Cardiology Consultants, says the national recognition is good for the excellent work being done at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

"We continue to work very diligently to improve the breadth, depth, and quality of the program. To reach this level takes a dedicated team effort with the single goal of providing the best care available to our patients," says Stine.

Cardiovascular Associates cardiologist, Carl Hartman, M.D., medical director of the Cardiology Diagnostic Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, says the recognition by U.S. News & World Report casts a deserved light on the successes cardiologists and surgeons have had in the region over the past 30 years.

"Perhaps the most important piece of information residents of Hampton Roads can take from the ranking is that there is no need for them to travel outside of the area for the treatment of cardiovascular disease," Hartman says.

In fact, compared to nationally renowned cardiac programs such as Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Sentara Norfolk General's Heart program is equal in its successes.

"When you look at all the factors, the main difference is reputational score. Our goal isn't to make headlines, but we are happy to be recognized," says Stine.

George L. B. Grinnan, M.D., of Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons Ltd. of Norfolk says that after 30 years of work in Norfolk, many parties can be proud of this achievement.

"This represents the work and efforts of a large group of dedicated people trying to deliver the best care possible to patients with multiple cardiac problems. The results speak for themselves, with many happy patients returning to full and active lifestyles," Grinnan says.

Solucient honored the Cardiac Program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital earlier this month as being in the Top 100 programs in the nation according to a survey. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was the only hospital in Virginia to make Solucient's rankings all three years of the survey.

"Having a program that includes everything from interventional cardiology to (heart) transplant gives us a complete program. We feel that the work being done by our physicians, nurses, and technicians is being recognized because of the outcomes they are achieving and the volume of patients they treat each year," says Mark Gavens, president of Sentara Southside Hospitals and vice president for Sentara Healthcare.

The methodology for U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals edition was created in 1993 by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The NORC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the methodology of public opinion surveys and provide accurate, well-focused survey data.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 644-bed tertiary care facility, known regionally and nationally for many of its specialized services including the Heart Pavilion, the Sentara Cancer Institute, transplant programs, microsurgery, and reconstructive surgery. The hospital is the area's only Level I Trauma Center, and has been named the Most Preferred among Hampton Roads' hospitals for five straight years by the NRC.

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