The school is set to resume the session for students in the Richmond metropolitan area, but grades are already being achieved for some hospitals that have scored high in a national survey.

VCU Medical Center topped the class, ranking second in Virginia and first in the metro area, according to 2018-19 Ranking of US News & World Report Hospitals, released today.

VCU achieved top 50 scores in four specialty care categories nationwide. The medical center was also ranked among the best performers in nine other categories. This designation is given to establishments that score “significantly above average” but are not among the top 50 in a particular category.

Four other facilities made the Top 20 in Virginia: Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital tied at four for ninth place; Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and HCA Henrico Doctors Hospital, part of a tie at six for 14th place; and Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, which finished 20th.

For the Richmond metro, St. Mary’s was second, Henrico Doctors and St. Francis were tied for third and Memorial Regional fifth.

“We put our patients first in everything we do, and this recognition validates our commitment to providing high quality patient-centered care,” said Will Wagnon, CEO of Henrico Doctors.

Nationally, VCU Medical Center finished 20th in Urology, 25th in Diabetes Care and Endocrinology, 30th in Orthopedics and 32nd in Nephrology. Last year, VCU was 42nd in orthopedics and 50th in nephrology. The medical center was third overall in Virginia in last year’s rankings.

Marsha Rappley, CEO of VCU Health System and VP of Health Sciences, praised the facility’s healthcare team for their work. “Each public recognition is a testament to their dedication to exceptional clinical care, research and teaching,” she said in an email.


1. VCU Medical Center

2. Bon Secours Sainte-Marie Hospital

3. HCA Henrico Doctors Hospital

3. Bon Secours Saint-François Medical Center

5. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center


2. VCU Medical Center

9. Bon Secours Sainte-Marie Hospital (four way tie)

14. Bon Secours Saint-François Medical Center (six-way tie)

14. HCA Henrico Doctors Hospital (six-way tie)

20. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center


1. VCU Medical Center: National rankings: n ° 20, urology; No. 25, diabetes and endocrinology; No. 30, orthopedics; and # 32, nephrology. High performance in lung cancer surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, geriatrics, cardiology and cardiac surgery.

2. Bon Secours Sainte-Marie Hospital: High performance in knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure and colon cancer surgery

3. HCA Henrico Doctors Hospital: High performance in heart bypass surgery, colon cancer surgery and knee replacement surgery

3. Bon Secours Saint-François Medical Center: High performance in heart failure, hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery

5. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center: High performance in heart failure, hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery; below average for aortic valve surgery


Health and medicine news in brief

  • Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been reported in Henrico County, meaning residents of the Richmond metro need to take precautions. The Virginia Department of Health noted earlier in August that the Henrico Mosquito Watch Program found mosquitoes infected with the virus throughout the county. The state warns that mosquitoes infected with West Nile are likely to be present throughout the region. Pests are numerous this year following heavy regular rains in the region. Dr Melissa Viray, Deputy Director of the Richmond Health District, recommends taking common sense precautions, including avoiding outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active (dusk, dawn and night), using insect repellents. containing DEET, by emptying any standing water in your garden and covering yourself with light, loose and long clothing. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 106 people were infected with West Nile in the United States through August 7. Among them, 62 were described as having cases of infection of the nervous system, such as meningitis or encephalitis. A Virginian has been reported with a neuroinvasive infection.

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