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VCU Health cardiac services recognized as ‘high performing’ specialty

US News and World Report High Performing Hospitals 2021-22 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery award

U.S. News & World Report has recognized VCU Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in the Richmond metro area for the 11th year in a row, according to its newest Best Hospitals rankings. VCU Medical Center, central Virginia’s only comprehensive academic medical center and largest safety net provider, also placed among the top three hospitals in Virginia for 2021-22.

U.S. News recognized VCU Medical Center as having high-performing programs in cardiology and heart surgery, as well as cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, orthopedics and urology. U.S. News designates “high performing” adult specialty areas as close to ranking among the top 50 in the country.

“This recognition is a reflection of the unfailingly kind and extraordinary care we provide as an academic medical center,” said Art Kellermann, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System. “It’s an affirmation of our mission to serve everyone and use our clinical expertise, research and teaching efforts to make the highest-quality care and great patient experience accessible and affordable to everyone.”

This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for seven important procedures and conditions, expanding the list of rated services to 17 total. VCU Medical Center earned a “high performing” rating in nine areas in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. Cardiac services receiving the highest rating U.S. News awards include heart attack, heart bypass surgery and heart failure.

For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 17 procedures and conditions. Less than a third of all hospitals received any “high performing” rating. Heart attack and stroke are among the newly rated services this year.

Recognized for distinguished physicians, excellence in nursing and state-of-the-art technology, VCU Medical Center was also named to Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals in 2021. Newsweek acknowledged VCU Medical Center for performing above the national average in infection prevention.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies are largely based on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. 

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