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Norfolk, VA 8 - July, 2005 - Sentara Norfolk General Hospitals heart and cardiac surgery programs placed 23rd among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report.

While the reputational scores of better-known programs helped propel them to higher rankings, Sentara Norfolk General's mortality ratios are better than nine out of 10 top-ranked programs, including Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Duke University and Columbia-Presbyterian.

1. Cleveland Clinic  .62
2. Mayo Clinic  .86
3. Johns Hopkins  .82
4. Duke University  .85
5. Mass. General  .83
6. Brigham & Womens  .65
7. Columbia-Presbyterian  .92
8. Texas Heart Institute  .86
9. Barnes-Jewish  .73
10. U. of Alabama  .82
23. Sentara Norfolk General  .64

"There is a truer measure of success than a ranking," says Gary Yates, M.D., Sentaras Chief Medical Officer. "It's that a higher percentage of patients go home alive after heart surgeries at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital than from nine of the 10 top-ranked programs in the survey. We're very proud of that. "

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital also employs 7.5 out of 8 key medical technologies measured by U.S. News and 7 out of 7 Patient Community Services, which include airborne infection control, foreign language translators, pain management and patient representatives.

Sentara Norfolk General discharged 9,921 cardiac patients during the three-year survey period, an indication of a robust, successful program with a strong regional reputation among patients and their physicians.

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