U.S. News and World Report’s annual report on Best Hospitals, released Tuesday, ranks Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center the No. 1 hospital in Virginia and in the Richmond metropolitan area. VCU came out on top because it has four programs — nephrology, pulmonology, orthopedic surgery and urology — that are among the top 50 nationally ranked specialties in the country.
Coming in at No. 2 in the Richmond metro area was Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which ranked sixth in Virginia. Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville was the No. 3 ranked hospital in Richmond and the 13th best in the state.
VCU’s Division of Nephrology, which provides care for patients with kidney disorders and hypertension, jumped from No. 49 in the magazine’s 2011 report to No. 28 this year. Pulmonology moved from its former ranking of “high achieving” into the 36 spot; the Department of Orthopedic Surgery moved from high achieving to 39th; and the Division of Urology moved from high achieving to 45th in the country.
This year’s Best Hospitals edition 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.
Dr. Sheldon Retchin, CEO of the VCU Health System and vice president for VCU Health Sciences, said in a statement that 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.”
John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals, said, “the VCU Medical Center’s continued ranking as one of America’s best hospitals affirms that our investments in physicians, staff and technology, along with our goal of becoming the safest hospital in the country, are showing results.”
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