Cardiology & heart surgery at Sentara Heart Hospital improved its rank to 24th in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. In the same report, diabetes and endocrinology, an Eastern Virginia Medical School specialty, is also ranked 24th.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Sentara Norfolk 2nd in VA

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Cardiology & Heart Surgery category at Sentara Heart Hospital moves up to 24th in the nation.

Diabetes & Endocrinology, an Eastern Virginia Medical School specialty, is also ranked 24th.

Sentara Heart Hospital marks 10th anniversary year in 2016.

For the 17th year, the Cardiology & Heart Surgery program at Sentara Heart Hospital is ranked among the nation’s Top 50 programs in the U.S. News & World Report annual ‘Best Hospitals’ edition. The ranking has improved from #44 in 2014 - to #31 in 2015 - to #24 in 2016.

Sentara Heart Hospital, on the Sentara Norfolk General campus, offers the Hampton Roads region’s only heart transplant program, including total artificial hearts and ventricular assist devices as bridges to transplant and permanent therapy. In 2016, Sentara Heart has introduced two newly-approved cardiac technologies; the world’s smallest pacemaker and the world’s first dissolvable heart stent.

"This ranking reinforces that our heart team is among the best in the nation," said Kurt Hofelich, corporate vice president and president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Heart Hospital. "Our mortality rates are superior to many better-known programs and we are proud to offer world-class heart care close to home."

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is also ranked #1 in Hampton Roads by U.S. News and is tied with VCU Medical Center for the #2 hospital in Virginia. Sentara Leigh Hospital is ranked #2 in Hampton Roads. 

Diabetes and Endocrinology

Diabetes & Endocrinology, a specialty at Eastern Virginia Medical School, is ranked #24. EVMS operates the Strelitz Diabetes Center, which is dedicated to exemplary patient care, innovative research and excellence in education for future physicians.

"The long-standing partnership between EVMS and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has been an enormous benefit to both organizations," said Richard V. Homan, M.D., president and provost of Eastern Virginia Medical School. "We're proud to see our faculty’s groundbreaking work in diabetes care and endocrinology research at Sentara Norfolk General — our primary teaching hospital — recognized by U.S. News. This is a testament to the reputation and accomplishments of our researchers and clinicians.”  

Jerry L. Nadler, M.D., chair of internal medicine, vice dean for research at EVMS and the Harry H. Mansbach chair in internal medicine, is nationally known for diabetes research, including a link to heart, kidney and nerve damage caused by diabetes and potential medications to halt these complications, and damage to insulin-producing cells.

"Our faculty combines clinical research with excellent patient care," said Dr. Nadler. "Our research is focused on preventing inflammatory damage to the pancreas and avoiding the harmful cardiovascular effects of diabetes and obesity. The insight and knowledge we gain from our work helps us improve the lives of people with diabetes every day."

A Sampling of Sentara Heart Hospital Services  

  • World’s smallest pacemaker
  • World’s first dissolvable heart stent
  • Catheter-based heart valve replacement or repair
  • More than 80 clinical trials under the Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • Transplanting hearts for more than 25 years
  • Comprehensive advanced heart failure program that includes implantation of ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts
  • Advanced heart arrhythmia program
  • Founding member – National Association of Integrated Afib Centers (NAIAC)

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as Destination Medical Center

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is one of just five Level I trauma centers in Virginia and home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, which serves community hospitals and EMS partners in a 125-mile radius as part of the Sentara not-for-profit mission. The hospital is a tertiary referral center for complex patients and offers quaternary services including:

  • Sentara EVMS Comprehensive Head and Neck Center
  • Sentara Heart Arrhythmia Center
  • Sentara Heart Valve and Structural Disease Center
  • Sentara Music and Medicine Center
  • Sentara Neuro-Oncology Center

A Higher Standard

In March 2016, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital launched a five-year construction program to add three floors each to two different wings, enlarge and modernize 18 operating rooms, enlarge the emergency department, consolidate ICU beds and replace a ward-style neonatal intensive care unit with a state-of-the-art facility, and add a rooftop helipad.

“When we’re finished, our facilities will match the quality of our clinical programs,” said Kurt Hofelich.