For the 18th straight year, the Cardiology & Heart Program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 heart programs in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” edition.

Five Sentara Hospitals Ranked in 2018 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” Edition

Three specialty programs at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital earn national Top 50 ranking

For the 18th straight year, the Cardiology & Heart Program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 heart programs in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” edition. Sentara has the longest running nationally-ranked heart program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranks No. 32 in the nation this year. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital earned two additional Top 50 national rankings from U.S. News & World Report: Diabetes & Endocrinology in conjunction with EVMS, and Nephrology.

“Patients from across the United States, as well as foreign countries, routinely travel to Sentara Heart Hospital for treatment each year,” says Mary Blunt, Interim President of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “We understand health issues can become a burden for families and loved ones. Sentara strives to meet everyone’s needs, and to be nationally recognized for the quality of care we provide is a true honor.”

Sentara Heart Hospital (SHH) at SNGH has the region’s only comprehensive advanced heart failure program and performed the highest number of heart transplants, heart surgeries, and bypass surgeries in the state in 2017. Sentara Heart Hospital particularly focuses on improving technology for better quality of care and a safer patient experience. Recently, doctors have been using advanced transcatheter valve procedures including TAVR and TVMR, and a “clot vacuum” device to remove blood clots without open-heart surgery.

Diabetes and Endocrinology program nationally ranked for the third year in a row

The Diabetes and Endocrinology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital remains a Top 50 national program through great partnership and collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). EVMS is home to the Strelitz Diabetes Center, a nationally-recognized program combining quality patient care with groundbreaking diabetes research. The SNGH Diabetes and Endocrinology program now ranks No. 31 in the nation, moving up from the No. 43 spot in 2017.

“We are very proud of the improved ranking of our Diabetes & Endocrinology service,” says Elias Siraj, M.D., Chief of Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders and Director of the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center. “This success is in part due to the successful conduct of the cardiovascular diabetes program that we run in collaboration with the Sentara Heart Hospital in both patient care and research.”

“This national ranking is a joint achievement between EVMS and Sentara Healthcare, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with EVMS in the years to come,” says Blunt.  Sentara Healthcare recently announced its intent to triple its financial support for EVMS, with a commitment to give $130 million over the next five years.

Nephrology earns a national Top 50 ranking at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

The Nephrology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital now ranks No. 48 in the nation, last ranked in 2013. This recognition can be attributed to the success of the Sentara Kidney Transplant Program. Kidney transplant volume at SNGH has nearly doubled within the past three years. In 2016, there were 60 kidney and pancreas transplants. In 2017, there were 101 transplants, and 70 transplants so far through July, 2018.  

Sentara is ranked by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) as one of the top hospitals in the state of Virginia for adult kidney transplant success rates. This means patients live longer, fuller lives after transplantation at Sentara.

“Sentara has one of the most experienced kidney transplant centers in Virginia,” says Paul Chidester, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “Our program’s success is a partnership between Sentara Healthcare and many highly skilled physicians. We are proud of the quality care this collaboration brings to patients.”

Five Sentara Hospitals Ranked in Hampton Roads Region

  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) ranks No. 1 in Hampton Roads, and No. 3 in Virginia. SNGH has several High Performing programs including Cancer, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Orthopedics and Urology. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is the Hampton Roads region’s only Level 1 trauma center and home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance.
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital (SPAH) ranks No. 2 in Hampton Roads, and No. 9 in Virginia. SPAH is High Performing in Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Pulmonology.
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital (SLH) ranks No. 3 in Hampton Roads, and No. 13 in Virginia. SLH is High Performing in Orthopedics, home to The Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara Leigh.
  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital (SCH) ranks No. 6 in Hampton Roads, and ranks No. 20 in Virginia. This is the first time SCH has achieved a state and regional ranking. It can be attributed to high performing programs in heart failure and joint replacement.