Massey scored highest in Virginia for cancer care by U.S. News for third year
For the third year in a row, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center was the top scoring hospital in Virginia providing high-performing cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. Massey received the best score in cancer care of the 24 Virginia hospitals that made the list of the nearly 130 total hospitals in the state.
VCU Medical Center, which includes Massey’s oncology patient care, has been ranked as the best hospital in the Richmond metro area again this year, the fourth consecutive year the hospital has led in the area. The medical center’s adult nephrology program ranked 44th in the country in the nephrology specialty’s top 50 list. In addition to Massey’s cancer care, VCU Medical Center had nine other specialties recognized as “high performing:” cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patient conditions. For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned a national ranking in even one specialty.
“The U.S. News rating is a testament to the superior quality of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s cancer care and the research and compassion that drives it,” said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. “We are committed to discovering and delivering the best treatments for our cancer patients.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
“Ranking first in the Richmond area is a great honor for us, and we are proud to be leaders in the community we serve,” said John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals, which is part of VCU Medical Center. “We have an exceptional team of dedicated and talented individuals at our academic medical center who help us achieve excellence in patient care every day, and this recognition is because of them.”
The complete rankings are available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
Editor’s note: Some text re-purposed from an article originally written by Cassie Jones of University Public Affairs.