Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). VCU Medical Center is part of VCU Health, which comprises the university's five health sciences schools, Community Memorial Hospital of Richmond at VCU, VCU Massey Cancer Center and Virginia Premier, a health plan. The medical center has 1,125 beds, is a regional referral center and the region's only Level I trauma center for adults and children. It is also one of the nation's designated Ebola centers.
Not only is VCU Medical Center Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence (earning its third designation in January), it was also the owner of the most Beacon award-winning units in the nation in 2014, with a total of eight. The Beacon Award for Excellence is bestowed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses on units that successfully achieve superior patient outcomes and meet AACN's healthy work environment standards. Additionally, VCU Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in Virginia and is nationally ranked in cardiology and heart surgery (No. 49), nephrology (No. 48), and orthopedics (No. 34), per U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings.
Both Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health are committed to advancing the field of patient safety. In November 2015, the two organizations appointed the first endowed professor for safety, quality and service in resident education — Gene Peterson, MD, PhD, who also serves as the system's chief safety and quality officer. The position is unique because it encompasses clinical work, academics and research.
Further, VCU Medical Center earned the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize in 2014, recognizing its "Safety First, Every Day" mission and efforts to continuously improve patient care.
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