As reported in the July issue, U.S. News & World Report rated Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center the top hospital in Virginia providing high-performing cancer care in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list.
Ranked the No.1 hospital overall at the top of all 127 Virginia and 21 Richmond metropolitan hospitals is VCU Medical Center, which includes Massey’s oncology patient care.
VCU Medical Center is the only hospital in the state with four nationally-ranked specialties in the top 50 – nephrology, pulmonology, orthopaedic surgery and urology – and nine other high-performing specialties, including cancer care at Massey.
“VCU Massey Cancer Center is pleased to be recognized for its state-of-the-art, compassionate cancer care,” said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. “We are committed to discovering new and better cancer treatments that save and improve the lives of individuals with cancer.”
This year’s Best Hospitals ranking showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rankings are based upon many factors, including reputation, patient survival, patient safety and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.
The hospital rankings are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care. They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases,” said Comarow.
Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H.,CEO of the VCU Health System and vice president for VCU Health Sciences, said the No. 1 ranking in the Commonwealth “is a fantastic endorsement of our commitment to excellence in patient care.” He added that it also reflects “our goal of bringing the latest and best therapies, treatments and cures to our patients and to the community.”
The VCU Medical Center ranked as high-performing in:
• Cardiology & Heart Surgery
• Diabetes & Endocrinology
• Ear, Nose & Throat
• Neurology & Neurosurgery
The complete rankings are available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.