Sentara Healthcare achieves more Top 50 rankings than any Va. system
Norfolk, VA – July 16, 2009 – Two Sentara Hospitals have achieved ‘Top 50’ rankings in the annual U.S. News & World Report ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ edition. Four service lines at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and one at Sentara Leigh Hospital are in the national ranking. After surveys of 4,861 hospitals across the country, 174 are ranked in U.S. News.
Sentara Norfolk General (Heart Hospital) was ranked for the tenth time in Heart & Heart Surgery (26th) – Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders (45th) – Geriatric Care (45th) – Kidney Disorders (42nd.)
Sentara Leigh Hospital made the ‘Top 50’ in Orthopedics (38th) for the first time.
“I see these rankings as a tribute to our partner physicians and the nurses and support personnel who work together every day on behalf of our patients,” says David L. Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare. “It also speaks to the initiatives Sentara put in place more than five years ago to make Patient Safety and Quality our highest priorities.”
Heart and Heart Surgery at Sentara Heart Hospital rose in the rankings from 38th last year to 26th, with a mortality index superior to seven of the Top 10 programs, which have higher name recognition and reputation scores, which in turn boost their rankings.
Kidney Disorders at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital held its 42nd ranking with a mortality index superior to eight of the Top 10 programs in the country.
Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders made the Top 50 for the first time with a mortality index superior to three of the Top 10 programs in the country.
Geriatric Care made the Top 50 for the first time with a mortality index superior to four of the Top 10 programs. Sentara Norfolk General is the only Virginia hospital ranked in Geriatric Care this year.
Orthopedics at Sentara Leigh Hospital has a mortality index superior to seven of the Top 10 programs in the country.
This is also the first time in a U.S. News survey that Sentara Norfolk General had a ‘Yes’ under the heading of ‘Magnet Hospital’ since achieving that designation in November 2008. ‘Magnet’ designation by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center indicates a particularly supportive environment for nurses and highly collaborative relationships with physicians, which helps recruiting and retention. Being a ‘Magnet’ hospital also factors positively in the U.S. News rankings.
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