Heart programs at Sentara in Norfolk retain national ranking

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranked in the Top 50 programs nationwide for its Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Ear, Nose, and Throat programs in the latest annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The heart programs have taken national honors for 14 years, but the ear, nose and throat program is new to the Top 50, according to a Sentara news release.

Kurt Hofelich, president of Sentara Norfolk General, credited the improvement to partnerships with Eastern Virginia Medical School Medical Group for patients with head and neck cancers and traumatic injuries.

Norfolk General is one of five voluntary Level 1 trauma centers in Virginia and home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance that covers a 125-mile radius. The hospital is a tertiary referral center for complex cases.

The magazine also honored Sentara Norfolk General as the best hospital in Hampton Roads. Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News ranked second with high-performing departments in gynecology, nephrology and urology.

Learn about Tourette Syndrome

The Tourette Syndrome Association is presenting a seminar, Tourette Syndrome Research, Treatment and Impact on Education and Family Life, in Hampton on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The program is to raise awareness and understanding of the condition. It's free and open to all. Health professionals and educators are encouraged to attend, according to a news release.

In the morning, Keith A. Coffman, M.D., will present "Tourette Syndrome: New Research, New Treatments." Coffman is clinical director of neurology, director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, and co-director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

His presentation will review the latest treatments options available to those living with Tourette Syndrome.

The afternoon session will be "TS in Education and Family Life" with national TSA education specialist Kathy Giordano. The program will focus on developing a better understanding of the complex symptoms and how they can result in anxiety and behavior issues. She will offer strategies and techniques for managing challenging behaviors at school and at home. Each presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The free seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is at the conference center at Sentara Careplex Hospital, 3000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton. Reservations are required. Lunch is included. Call 410-867-1151 or email admin@tsagw.org. For more information, go to http://www.tsagw.org.

World-renowned surgeon

L.D. Britt, chair and professor of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, has been awarded an honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow.

Britt is a native of Suffolk and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He is one of only a few surgeons in the world who has received an honorary fellowship in each of the four royal colleges in the United Kingdom: England, Edinburgh, Ireland and Glasgow. Britt was also appointed to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in June.

Dr. Britt has also received honors from the French Academy of Surgeons, the West African College of Surgery and the College of Surgeons of South Africa.

Healthy youth

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is offering a series of $50 daylong workshops on various health-related topics.

• Thursday, July 31: "Latest tobacco use trends," by Alejandro Garcia Barbon at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle, Williamsburg.

• Wednesday, Aug. 6: "Together we move! Developing, managing, and maintaining effective community partnerships," by Cydny Neville at Main Street Library, 110 Main St., Newport News.

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