Heart Services at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Among Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report
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Norfolk, VA – July 2, 2004 – Heart and Heart Surgery services at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are listed among the top 50 cardiac programs in the nation in the July 12th edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s program was ranked 40th, and the key measure of Mortality Ratios at SNGH is superior to four of the five top programs in the nation, and eight of the top ten.

"We focus on the most important measure of all, and that’s sending patients home," says Glenn Barnhart, M.D. of Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons, and a cardiac surgeon at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. "Our outcomes continue to meet or exceed those of the most prestigious cardiac programs in the country, including the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General and Duke University Hospital."

"Our outcomes are directly related to the work of medical professionals who give their best to our patients every day," Barnhart adds. "There are 80 cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and anesthesiologists in Sentara Norfolk General’s program, and hundreds of nurses and para-professionals who give us the edge in outcomes over programs with national reputations. We’re very proud of that, Barnhart concludes."

"Our mortality ratios are a testament to our clinical staff," says Rodney Hochman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Sentara Healthcare and Administrator of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. "As our new Sentara Heart Hospital, now under construction, approaches completion in 2006, patients can be confident that the quality of care they receive will be equal to our first-rate facility."

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