In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2015/2016 rankings, released in July, VCU Medical Center was ranked No. 49 in the country for cardiology and heart surgery. The medical center was evaluated on a variety of criteria and received its highest marks for its advanced technologies, patient survival 30 days after admission, ratio of nurses to patients and patient services.
VCU Medical Center’s heart programs have achieved U.S. News rankings in the top 40-50 range previously, says Kenneth Ellenbogen, M.D., chairman, Division of Cardiology. “While it’s not something new, we appreciate the recognition. This is one of the top medical centers in cardiovascular medicine, and we aim to do everything we can to make sure we’re in the top 25 in the next 5-10 years.”
VCU Medical Center was also ranked the No. 1 hospital in Virginia and the Richmond metro area and also ranks in the top 50 in the country for orthopedics (No. 34) and nephrology (No. 48). Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed for Best Hospitals had even one specialty in the top 50.