Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 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 2014-15 today and Winchester Medical Center was recognized as one of the top five hospitals in Virginia. 

The report, which is available at, looks at hospital performance in 16 specialties. For tertiary community hospitals like Winchester Medical Center, the analysts at U.S. News evaluate hospital performance in 12 specialties.  Data comes from multiple sources and are applied across four primary dimensions of healthcare: outcomes, structure, process, and patient safety.  For the second year in a row, 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. Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  4. Geriatrics
  5. Nephrology
  6. Neurology & Neurosurgery
  7. Orthopedics
  8. Pulmonology
  9. Urology

“This recognition belongs to the physicians and staff of WMC and Valley Health who care for our patients,” said Grady W. “Skip” Philips, Chief Operating Officer of Winchester Medical Center and Senior Vice President of Valley Health.

The 2014-15 Best Hospitals rankings are drawn from a universe of nearly 5,000 hospitals. Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance, according to U.S. News & World Report.  

“I'm very proud of everyone involved in the attainment of this distinction,” said Philips. “First and foremost, this is a recognition of our dedicated staff, talented physicians and everyone here at Winchester Medical Center that strives to deliver the utmost in patient care every day. It really serves to underscore the collaborative nature of the care we offer.”

WMC took the fifth spot in Virginia with nine high-performing areas: 

  1. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  2. Inova Fairfax Hospital
  3. VCU Medical Center
  4. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  5. Winchester Medical Center
  6. Mary Washington Hospital
  7. University of Virginia Medical Center
  8. Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
  9. Inova Alexandria Hospital
  10. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital

*Note: Centra Lynchburg, Inova Alexandria and Sentara Virginia Beach were tied for #8

Winchester Medical Center has consistently earned high marks for clinical excellence and patient safety from US News & World Report and other national rating organizations. 

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 more than 110 years Winchester Medical Center has been a magnet for specialists who today 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