For the 17th consecutive year, the Cardiology & Heart Surgery program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is ranked among the nation’s Top 50 heart programs in the U.S. News & World Report annual ‘Best Hospitals’ edition. The national ranking for Sentara Heart Hospital remained at No. 24, the same as 2016.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Sentara Norfolk for 2017

Heart program and Diabetes & Endocrinology maintain national Top 50 rankings

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For the 17th consecutive year, the Cardiology & Heart Surgery program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is ranked among the nation’s Top 50 heart programs in the U.S. News & World Report annual ‘Best Hospitals’ edition. The national ranking for Sentara Heart Hospital remained at No. 24, the same as 2016.

“Sentara Heart Hospital drew patients from 39 states and three foreign countries last year,” says Kurt Hofelich, Corporate Vice President and President of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “We are proud to garner such a wide attraction but are grateful that we can offer this top program to our local communities in Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.”

Sentara Heart Hospital is among the top 1% cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation. Its physicians perform more than 1,700 open-heart surgeries per year and it consistently receives outstanding customer service scores in the 90th percentile according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At any given time, the cardiac research program is coordinating more than 80 clinical trials. Since 2011, more than 800 advanced transcatheter valve procedures including TAVR and MitraClip have been performed and most recently, doctors have begun using the ‘clot vacuum” device to remove blood clots without open-heart surgery. Sentara Heart Hospital is the region’s only comprehensive advanced heart failure program, including the mid-Atlantic’s only certified Regional Clinical Program for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The program most recently marked a milestone with its 400th heart transplant on August 5, 2017

Diabetes and Endocrinology program nationally ranked for second year in a row

Through collaboration with expert physicians and researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), the Diabetes and Endocrinology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital remained in the Top 50 for the second year in a row, this year at No. 43. 

“EVMS and Sentara work together to provide many high-level specialized services unique in the region,” adds Hofelich. “We are proud to be EVMS’s primary teaching hospital and to have our collaborative work in Diabetes & Endocrinology recognized by U.S. News & World Report.” EVMS is home to the Strelitz Diabetes Center, a nationally-recognized program combining quality patient care with groundbreaking diabetes research.

“The whole community benefits from the partnership between EVMS and Sentara,” said Richard V. Homan, M.D., President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine. “We are proud of this ranking, but we are even more proud of the quality care our collaboration brings to patients.”

Sentara hospitals hold top four positions in U.S. News & World Report regional rankings

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is ranked No. 1 in the Hampton Roads region and No. 2 in Virginia in U.S. News & World Report, with several programs listed as High Performing including Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is the Hampton Roads region’s only Level I trauma center, home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance and the only hospital performing transplantation of hearts, kidneys and pancreas.

Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach are tied for the No. 2 ranking in Hampton Roads. Sentara Leigh Hospital features The Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara Leigh and a High Performing orthopedics program occupying much of the hospital’s first floor. 

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital has High Performing programs in Pulmonology and Geriatrics.

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is ranked No. 4 in Hampton Roads with a High Performing program in Diabetes & Endocrinology. 

‘A higher standard’ at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a destination medical center, is in the midst of a five-year, $199M upward expansion creating a modernized facility to match the hospital’s world-class quaternary clinical programs. Three floors are being added on two wings to accommodate 18 expanded and modernized operating rooms, 62 consolidated ICU beds and a state-of-the-art special care nursery.

The Sentara Neurosciences Institute includes one of just eight thermoregulatory sweat chambers in the U.S. to help diagnose disorders of the autonomic nervous system, and a Music & Medicine program that includes music therapy to help stroke patients recover speech and community education on the neurological benefits of music through lectures with live classical performances. The region’s only CyberKnife Radiosurgery System at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital offers precision radiation therapy through the nationally accredited Sentara Cancer Network.