Heart & Vascular Awards & Recognition

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UVA the No. 1 hospital in Virginia. Six of our specialties are among the top 50 in the U.S., including our cardiology and heart surgery services. We’ve also received the highest possible performance rating for four heart procedures.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

UVA is among the top 7% of hospitals in the U.S. to achieve an overall three-star rating, the highest possible rating, for aortic valve replacement surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. We have maintained this rating for aortic valve replacement surgeries since 2009.

Society for Vascular Surgery

In 2015, the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization named UVA among the top 10% of Vascular Quality Initiative centers in the U.S. We also received a three-star rating, the highest possible rating, for our participation in quality improvement. This inaugural award recognizes participating in the organization as a key part of improving the quality of our care.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), one of the most trusted sources of scientific information in cardiovascular medicine, honors hospitals that consistently follow the most up-to-date guidelines for treatment.

Patients who go to hospitals that follow these guidelines are more likely to live if they have a life-threatening heart problem and are less likely to return to the hospital for the same problem, according to the AHA.

UVA Heart and Vascular Center received the following awards from the AHA:

The American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registry’s ACTION Registry®-Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Achievement

Hospitals that receive this award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 90% or higher compliance to achievement measures outlined by the AHA for heart attack care for at least two years.

Get with the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement

Hospitals that receive this award have reached the goal of treating patients with 85% or higher compliance with achievement measures and 75% or higher compliance with select quality measures outlined by the AHA for heart failure for at least two years.

Get with the Guidelines Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll

Hospitals that receive this award have reached 50% or higher compliance with Target: Heart Failure measures outlined by the AHA for at least one three-month period.

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center – Bronze Plus achievement award

Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI – Silver achievement award from the AHA 

These awards were earned for meeting national standards to improve care and outcomes for heart attack patients. AHA guidelines include

  • Quickly restoring blood flow to blocked arteries during a heart attack
  • Providing counseling on how to quit smoking
  • Providing recommended medications
  • Evaluating how well patients’ hearts are functioning following a heart attack
  • Referring patients to a cardiac rehabilitation program

Blue Distinction® Center (BDC+) for Cardiac Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association recognizes UVA’s Heart & Vascular Center for demonstrating outstanding quality care in three areas— safely, effectively and cost efficiently. Nationally recognized for providing quality cardiac care services and improving patient outcomes and complications, UVA Heart & Vascular Center provides affordable care and treatment plans and, ultimately, an overall better patient experience.