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Sentara Cardiology and Heart Surgery and Ear, Nose & Throat Programs at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Remain in U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Ranking

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery in U.S. News Top 50 for 15th consecutive year, improving from #44 to #31.
  • Ear, Nose & Throat maintains #41 ranking in the country, served patients from nine states last year.
  • Patients from 14 other states chose Sentara Heart Hospital last year for elective heart procedures.
  • Other Sentara hospitals improve statewide rankings. Local programs are High Performing.

Norfolk, VA | July 21, 2015

For the 15th 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 ranking of Sentara Heart Hospital improved from #44 last year to #31 in 2015.

The Ear, Nose & Throat program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital maintained its previous ranking of #41 among the top 50 in the nation. The Ear, Nose & Throat program, staffed by surgeons from Eastern Virginia Medical School, is focused on cancers of the head & neck, sinus surgery, facial reconstruction and laryngology. Patients from nine other states chose the ENT program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital last year. EVMS physicians also provide radiation therapy and other services through the Sentara Cancer Network.

"EVMS and Sentara share a tremendous spirit of collaboration," said Kurt Hofelich, president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. "We are proud to be EVMS’s primary teaching hospital and to have their work in the Ear, Nose & Throat specialty recognized by U.S. News."

"Partnerships such as this demonstrate how EVMS and Sentara truly benefit the Hampton Roads community by providing high quality care to our region," said Richard V. Homan, MD, President and Provost of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Dean of the School of Medicine. "While we are proud of this ranking, it is the community that wins when Sentara and EVMS collaborate closely."

In 2014, Sentara Heart Hospital, on the campus of Sentara Norfolk General, performed almost 1,600 open heart procedures, more than 1,400 interventions for stents or tissue repairs and more than 1,600 electrophysiology procedures, including ablations and implantations of defibrillators and pacers. Sentara Heart Hospital also provides the Hampton Roads region’s only heart transplant program.

"This ranking reinforces that our heart team is among the best in the nation," said Hofelich. "Last year patients from 14 other states came to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for cardiac services and we are proud to be a medical destination in the mid-Atlantic region."

Other Sentara Hospitals improve positions in state rankings

  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center improved its state ranking in the U.S. News survey from #20 last year to #6 (a three-way tie) among 130 hospitals in the Commonwealth. U.S. News also lists the Orthopedics program at Sentara Williamsburg as High Performing.
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg improved its state ranking from #15 last year to #9 (a five-way tie.) The hospital’s Pulmonology and Geriatrics programs are High Performing.
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk improved its state ranking from #20 last year to #14. Orthopedics at Sentara Leigh is High Performing.
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, a Sentara member hospital, is ranked 15th in the state among 130 hospitals.
  • In regional rankings, Sentara Norfolk General, Sentara Williamsburg and Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk are ranked #1, #2 and #3 respectively in Hampton Roads.


Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, VA, celebrates a 127-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 30,000 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 opened in 1973, the result of a grassroots effort to improve health in the region of southeastern Virginia known as Hampton Roads. EVMS focuses on the needs of its community, but the impact of its innovative research and high-quality patient care is felt worldwide. The collaborative culture at EVMS draws like-minded students and faculty from all over the country, encourages a multidisciplinary approach to health care and emphasizes translational research. In just 42 years, the school has grown from 27 students to an economic footprint exceeding $824 million annually. Learn more at

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