Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Rated One of Nation's Top Cardiac Programs
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Norfolk, VA - July 30, 2003 - In an analysis of nearly 1,000 cardiac programs, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranks among the top five percent of cardiac programs in the United States by HealthGrades(r), a leading health care information company. This ranking also names Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's program number one in Virginia for overall cardiac services.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital received the coveted five-star rating, the highest possible, in HealthGrades' fifth annual Hospital Report Card(tm) in all five areas of heart care-coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement surgery, cardiac interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack, and treatment of heart failure.

Across all areas of heart care, Sentara cardiologists and surgeons are achieving better than expected outcomes, resulting in placement among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for overall cardiac services.

"We are honored that Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's heart program is ranked among the nation's finest based on standard quality measures," said Sentara Chief Medical Officer Rodney F. Hochman, M.D. "I attribute much of this program's success to physician and clinician excellence and Sentara's relentless commitment to quality."

Study Methodology

Each year HealthGrades(r) independently studies more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide, grading their performance and quality, and publishes the ratings on The analysis measures patient outcomes and rates hospitals as five-star (better than expected outcomes), three-star (as expected outcomes), or one-star (worse than expected outcomes) rating. In HealthGrades' 2003 analysis, nearly 1,000 cardiac programs were studied based on risk-adjusted data collected from 1999 through 2001 by the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For more information about the Hospital Report Card and rating system, visit

About Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Heart Program

Since the cardiac program's inception at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in 1967, clinicians and doctors have performed nearly 32,900 open-heart surgeries, 96,600 interventional procedures, and 212 heart transplants. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital became the first Hampton Roads' hospital to implant a drug-eluting stent in 2003 using the latest in interventional cardiology devices to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's heart program ranked 21st out of 50 U.S. hospitals named for cardiac care excellence in a 2003 survey by U.S. News & World Report, the only hospital in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina to earn a place in the survey. As part of its comprehensive heart program, Sentara continues to make a significant commitment to research, providing its patients the latest treatment options. For more information about the Sentara Heart Hospital or the Sentara Heart Program, please visit


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