The hospital's cardiology and heart surgery program ranked 47th among hospitals nationally, according to the annual rankings. It's the 12th time the hospital has made the list.
It was among 140 facilities— fewer than 3 percent of the 4,825 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings — to be ranked in one of 16 specialties, the report said.
Sentara Norfolk was also ranked No. 1 among hospitals in the Hampton Roads area, according to the report, for having eight other high-performing specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; kidney disorders; pulmonology; and urology.
Stringent benchmarks for patient volume and other indicators were used to determine whether hospitals' specialties were considered high-performing. Hospitals in the top 25 percent, but not ranked nationally, were recognized as high-performing in that specialty, according to the report.
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital ranked No. 2 locally, with high-performing specialties in seven areas.
Chesapeake and Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk tied for third, both with high-performing specialties in three areas.
Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in York County tied for fifth place with two high-ranking specialties each. Riverside was recognized for gastroenterology and kidney disorders. Sentara Williamsburg was recognized for gynecology and urology.
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