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Sentara Norfolk places in top 25 heart hospitals across the nation

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. (Courtesy of Sentara Norfolk General)

NORFOLK – The rankings are out for the top 50 heart programs across the country, and for the 17th consecutive year, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has a spot on the list.

The Norfolk hospital placed 24, holding its 2016 spot on the “best hospitals” ranking.

“Sentara Heart Hospital drew patients from 39 states and three foreign countries last year,” Kurt Hofelich, corporate vice president and president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, said in a news release. “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.”

According to the release, Sentara Heart Hospital is categorized in the top percent of cardiology and heart surgery programs across the country. Each year, more than 1,700 open-heart surgeries are performed at the Norfolk hospital. Customer service scores are consistently in the 90th percentile according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The hospital’s cardiac research program is equally hard at work, with more than 80 clinical trials taking place at any given time.

In the last six years, the hospital estimates that at least 800 advanced transcatheter valve procedures have been performed. The release said that Sentara Norfolk General doctors are also using a ‘clot vacuum,” which is a device to remove blood clots without performing open-heart surgery.

The hospital is the only “comprehensive advanced heart failure program, including the mid-Atlantic’s only certified Regional Clinical Program for pulmonary arterial hypertension.” The program recently performed the 400th heart transplant on August 5, 2017.

The heart hospital isn’t the only program taking rank in national lists. For the second year in a row, their diabetes and endocrinology program has also received a national ranking, coming in at 43 this year.

“EVMS and Sentara work together to provide many high-level specialized services unique in the region,”  Hofelich said in the release. “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 release states that EVMS is also home to the Strelitz Diabetes Center – another “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, in the release. “We are proud of this ranking, but we are even more proud of the quality care our collaboration brings to patients.”

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is also ranked as the number one hospital in the Hampton Roads region and second overall in Virginia in the U.S. News & World Report, with several programs listed as “high performing,” including geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and ruology.

Norfolk’s Sentara Leigh Hospital and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach are tied for second place in Hampton Roads. Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is ranked is fourth in Hampton Roads with a “High Performing” program in diabetes and endocrinology.

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