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WMC ranked sixth best hospital in the state

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

According to U.S. News Best Hospital Ranking for 2012-2013, Winchester Medical Center was rated the sixth best overall hospital in the state and the top hospital in the Shenandoah Valley.

In years past, the ranking only included facilities located in major metropolitan areas and academic hospitals. In January, U.S. News & World Report extended the rankings to an additional 247 hospitals outside of the metropolitan areas, like the one in Winchester.

Out of 12 specialty areas that were analyzed, Winchester Medical Center was rated as "high performing" in eight. In January, the hospital was high performing in five specialties, and added three newly recognized areas: neurology & neurosurgery, nephrology and gastroenterology.

Mark Schroeder, practicing physician and president of Winchester Medical Center's medical staff, said he was "very pleased" with the rankings.

"This is a tremendous compliment to the medical and support staff as a whole," he said. Two of the recognized areas were diabetes & endocrinology and geriatrics.

"Nationwide, there's a shortage of endocrinologists and geriatricians," Schroeder said. "And we are just like the rest of the country when it comes to that. The fact that we were still rated as high performing in those areas speaks volumes of the staff that we do have and how seriously we take patient care."

Schroeder also pointed out that patient health concerns often overlap among specialty areas, but "for specific physicians in these fields, the ranking is a recognition of what they do."

Other areas where Winchester Medical Center excelled were pulmonology, crology, and ear, nose and throat

VCU Medical Center ranked No. 1 in the state, followed by Inova Fairfax, Sentara Norfolk General, UVA Medical Center and Inova Alexandria.


It's unlikely they'll ever move into the Top 5 but #6 in this company isn't bad.

Actually, they tied for 6th with Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital of Richmond, Centra Health of
Lynchburg and Mary Washington Hospital of


"Top Hospital in the Valley?" Didn't realize we had a choice to go anywhere else besides a Valley Health System hospital. Everyone in the valley gets sent here ... what an honor

We feel very fortunate to have the good medical care available in our area that we do have at the present time. We have always been treated well and have confidence in the various hospital staffs. While nothing is perfect and it can sometime be a little overwhelming, it is superior to many areas. Let's hope the Affordable Care Act does not change this!!!

If WMC is 6th best I would sure hate to see the worst.

very well said

I was in WMC for a month and received wonderful care. The Drs, and nurses were very professional and courteous,I thank God that is where I was hospitalized,

I have been treated in both Warren Memorial and Winchester Medical Center. The services I received were first rate. I have always been treated courteously and professionally. Both hospitals get my vote.

I agree with horselover and ccman. I received great care at WMC. The staff couldn't have been kinder or more professional.

Yeah I agree! I'm happy with the care I've had through valley health. But I can do without harrasing phone calls about making larger then I can afford payments on my account through Valley Health! I reckon if I didn't have a job and didn't own a house or have health insurance, that I could get my health care for free.

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