Sentara has Virginia’s only nationally ranked heart program and Virginia’s #1 ranked hospital
Norfolk, VA (July 16, 2013) —The Cardiology and Heart Surgery services at Sentara Heart Hospital and Nephrology at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are among the top 50 programs in the nation in the 2013-14 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report. This is the 14th year Sentara has achieved a national ranking and it is the only national ranked heart program in Virginia.
In addition to national rankings, U.S. News also includes rankings for States and Metro Areas. In total, seven Sentara hospitals are recognized throughout Virginia. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranks number one in the state and in its region.
“The overall success of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital reflects the commitment of our staff and physicians to quality patient outcomes,” says Kurt Hofelich, President of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “Our national ranked heart and nephrology programs are the result of this quality focus and the outstanding patient centric care we deliver.”
One expected outcome as health reform takes hold is an increasing accountability on both providers and patients to evaluate health systems based upon quality data. U.S. News has long analyzed patient safety, death rates and other clinical measures as part of its measurement and ranking score. Being ranked in itself is significant, and Sentara leadership is pleased that the clinical metrics around mortality and patient safety meet or exceed some of the highest ranked hospitals on the list. “This affirmation of our quality programs from U.S. News should continue to give patients greater assurance that we live our mission of improving health every day,” Hofelich added.
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers. Overall, just 147 hospitals out of about 4,800 in the United States made the national rankings in one or more specialties. This means just three percent of all hospitals in the country earn a national ranking in any specialty.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
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