EVMS and Sentara celebrate top ratings in annual review of hospital-based care

Story Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:08:00 EDT

The Ear, Nose and Throat program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) — in which EVMS Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery plays a critical role — is among the top 50 of its kind in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The accolade is included in the magazine’s annual ranking of hospitals and specialty programs, in which SNGH was ranked as the top hospital in Virginia.
EVMS Medical Group physicians and surgeons perform many important medical roles at the hospital and are an integral part of the hospital's medical and surgical team. Among other things, EVMS Medical Group surgeons staff the hospital's Level 1 Trauma Center and radiation oncologists staff the Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery program.
Three other specialties at SNGH with a strong EVMS connection also were ranked as “high-performing,” meaning the quality of care ranked in the top 25 percent nationwide. These were Diabetes and Endocrinology, staffed by physicians at the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center; Geriatrics, staffed by physicians from the EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology; and Nephrology, staffed, in part, by EVMS nephrologists. EVMS faculty working in these centers and in the hospital represent Internal Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and the EVMS Medical Group.

This is the first time the Ear, Nose and Throat program has been included on the top 50 list. The ranking, at number 41 nationwide, is due, in part, to innovative procedures and care provided by surgeons with EVMS Otolaryngology and EVMS Medical Group. Cardiology and Heart Surgery made the list for the 14th consecutive year, ranking 44th.
“Our community-based surgeons and partners with Eastern Virginia Medical School are actively engaged as part of our care team, which elevates our programs,” said Kurt Hofelich, President of SNGH. “This #1 ranking in Virginia is a testament to the work our entire team does every day of the year.”
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is one of five voluntary Level I trauma centers in Virginia and home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, which serves a 125-mile radius as part of the Sentara not-for-profit mission. The hospital is a tertiary referral center for complex cases, and home to unique services including:
·         Heart, kidney and pancreas transplantation
·         Total artificial heart and ventricular assist device programs
·         Catheter based heart valve replacement
·         Burn trauma program
·         Neuromuscular & Autonomic Center with sweat chamber diagnostics
·         Sentara ‘Music & Medicine’ program
·         Sentara/EVMS Fetal Care Center
·         CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery (staffed by EVMS Medical Group radiation oncologists)
·         Primary Stroke Center
·         Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute
“This ranking says something about the quality of care at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital,” said David L. Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare. “To be ranked #1 in the Commonwealth of Virginia by U.S. News is an achievement and we’re proud of our team members for taking us there.”

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