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Sentara Heart® Program at Sentara Heart Hospital and Diabetes & Endocrinology at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Rankings
Sentara Norfolk General is #1 hospital in Hampton Roads and tied for #2 in Virginia

  • 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.

Norfolk, VA | August 4, 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.

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“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 longstanding partnership between EVMS and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has been an enormous benefit to both organizations,” said Richard V. Homan, MD, 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, MD, 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

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 of 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.


Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, VA, celebrates a 128 year history of innovation, compassion and community benefit. Sentara is a not-for-profit family of 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina, the Optima Health Plan, an array of integrated services and a team 28,000 strong on a mission to improve health every day. This mandate is pursued through a disciplined strategy to achieve Top 10% performance in key clinical measures through shared best practices, transformation of primary care and strategic growth that adds tangible value to the communities we serve.

Eastern Virginia Medical School is an academic health center dedicated to achieving excellence in medical and health professions education, research and patient care. We value creating and fostering a diverse and cohesive faculty, professional staff and student body as the surest way to achieve our mission. Adhering to the highest ethical standards, we will strive to improve the health of our community and to be recognized as a national center of intellectual and clinical strength in medicine. Learn more at

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