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Sentara Ranks Nationally, Statewide and Regionally for Best Hospitals in U.S. News & World Report 

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Norfolk, VA (July 2012) – Cardiology and Heart Surgery services at Sentara Heart Hospital and Urology at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital rank among the top 50 programs in the nation in the 2012-13 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report.

Citing teamwork and an ongoing commitment to safe, high quality patient care, Kurt Hofelich, president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, expressed his appreciation for the physicians and staff.

“We continue to be proud of and focused on quality,” said Hofelich. “All of our rankings, both past and present, reflect almost exclusively our quality metrics. We are proud of our Magnet status and our focus on providing the very best patient care.”

With a nod to the long-standing cardiac ranking, Joe Butz, senior vice president of the cardiac service line, highlighted the many accomplishments of the team that supports the SentaraHeart program. He attributed the history of success and strong outcomes to the dedicated surgeons, physicians and staff who continue to raise the bar on exceptional cardiac care.

“Our program is made up of some of the most talented physician, clinical and professional staff,” Butz added. “We take pride in being a regional asset for cardiac care and treating patients like family.”

The Heart Program at Sentara Heart Hospital has been ranked for 13th year and represents a vast array of cardiac services – including some of the most advanced procedures available in the region. The Cardiac Hybrid Operating Room was one of the first in the region to bring together advanced cardiac imaging equipment and specialists into the OR alongside cardiac surgeons. Sentara Heart Hospital also performed the region’s first Total Artificial Heart transplant earlier this year.

The Urology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital pioneered the use of minimally invasive DaVinci® robotic surgery for urologic cancers in the Hampton Roads region. Sub-specialty trained oncologic urologists serve on a multidisciplinary genitourinary tumor board for the Sentara Cancer Network. Collaborative clinical research among urologists, oncologists and Eastern Virginia Medical School has helped in the development of chemotherapy agents specifically for prostate cancer.

According to U.S. News, a hospital must excel across a range of tough cases within a given specialty to achieve national ranking. Scoring is based upon reputation, patient survival, patient safety and care-related services such as nursing.

In addition to its national rankings, U.S. News has also included rankings for States and Metro Areas this year. Three Sentara hospitals were included in the Hampton Roads rankings, with Sentara Norfolk General Hospital number one in the region and number 3 in the state. Also included were Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital (2nd in the region and 16th in the state), and Sentara Leigh Hospital (4th in the region and 19th in the state). Additionally, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center was ranked 15th in the DC Metro region and 18th in the state, and Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville ranked 14th in the state.

U.S. News says it hopes these rankings – national, state and regional – will serve as a guide for patients in need of specialty care.

The 23rd annual Best Hospitals rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook.

To see the full list of 2012-13 Best Hospitals, visit

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