Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - U.S. News Hospital Rating: Winchester Medical Center #5 in Virginia

WMC recognized as high-performing in 9 specialty areas 

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Hospital Rankings for 2013-14 today and Winchester Medical Center was recognized as one of the top five hospitals in Virginia. WMC’s ranking climbed from sixth in the commonwealth to fifth best overall during the course of the last 12 months. WMC remains the top rated hospital in the Shenandoah Valley region. 

The report, which is available at, looks at hospital performance in 16 specialties. In 12 of the 16 specialty rankings, hospitals received a composite score based on data from multiple sources pertaining to three primary dimensions of healthcare: structure, process, and outcomes. WMC was highly rated in nine of these specialties. 

U.S. News rated WMC as “high performing” in the following nine specialties: 
1. Cardiology & Heart Surgery 
2. Diabetes & Endocrinology 
3. Ear, Nose & Throat 
4. Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 
5. Geriatrics 
6. Nephrology 
7. Neurology & Neurosurgery 
8. Pulmonology 
9. Urology 

“These recognitions highlight the many areas at WMC where all members of the care team collaborate to provide exceptional care,” said Nicolas Restrepo, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Winchester Medical Center. “Excellence in these many diverse disciplines is the result of physicians collaborating with nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and others to provide our community with outstanding care.” 

The 2013-14 Best Hospitals rankings are drawn from a universe of 4,806 medical facilities. Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

“I’m very pleased and extremely proud of our organization,” said Mark Merrill, President of Winchester Medical Center and Valley Health President & CEO. “This affirms all that our physicians and staff do as they strive to meet the expectations of the patients and families we are privileged to serve.” 
WMC took the fifth spot in Virginia with nine high performing areas: 
1. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 
1. VCU Medical Center 
3. Inova Fairfax Hospital 
4. University of Virginia Medical Center 
5. Winchester Medical Center 

*Note: Sentara Norfolk and VCU tied for #1 spot 

Winchester Medical Center’s recent recognitions include: 
• Consumer Reports’ Patient Safety Recognition with 3rd highest score in VA (2012) 
• “A” for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group (2013) 
• Named a Community Value Top 100 Hospital by Cleverly & Associates (2013) 
• 3-star rating (the highest score possible) for coronary artery bypass grafting from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2013)  
• ACTION Registry®–Get with the GuidelinesTM Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology

Winchester Medical Center, a 445-bed regional referral facility in Winchester, Va., is the largest of the six hospitals that comprise the not-for-profit Valley Health System. For 110 years Winchester Medical Center has been a magnet for specialists who provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services to a tri-state area of more than 400,000 residents. WMC is a designated Chest Pain Center, Trauma Center, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, Level 4 Epilepsy Center, and Stroke Center. For more information, visit