The VCUHS is the only academic medical center in central Virginia. As the regional teaching institution, we offer access to some of the most advanced state-of-the-art treatments and technologies available. Our medical staff includes internationally recognized physicians, dozens of whom have been recognized among the best doctors in the country. Many VCUHS physicians also have been ranked among the top doctors in Richmond in specialties ranging from allergies to vascular surgery. And for several years running, we've been selected by many of the rating organizations including National Research Corporation's Consumer Choice, Solucient “Top 100” Hospitals, US News and World Report, and as a technology leader by being recognized as one of the “Most Wired” healthcare institutions.
Since 1838, the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH) has been on the forefront of advances in healthcare, providing patients with some of the most progressive treatment and technology available. The July 2000 transition to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) was another innovation. The change allows the VCU Health System to continue providing the state-of-the-art care on which our patients have depended for more than 160 years.
MCV Hospitals is the teaching hospital component of the VCU Health System, which also includes a number of outpatient clinics and MCV Physicians, a 600-physician, faculty group practice. The VCUHS, as the clinical delivery component of the VCU Medical Center, is the only academic medical center in Central Virginia and is a regional referral center for the state. With 779 licensed beds, MCVH has approximately a 20% share of the Richmond inpatient market. The VCUHS records 30,000 admissions and more than 500,000 outpatient visits each year. Over 80,000 patients are treated annually in the hospital’s emergency department, which is the region's only Level I Trauma Center.
The VCU Health System comprises nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international note. In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, the VCUHS offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service. In particular, the VCUHS has received international recognition for early diagnosis and treatment of chest pain and strokes, organ transplant, head and spinal cord trauma research, burn and wound healing, neonatal intensive care, and genetic research, as well as cancer research, treatment, and rehabilitation.
The VCUHS delivers oncology patient care services for VCU's Massey Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute designated facility, which offers patients many multi-disciplinary treatment options and access to clinical research trials. VCUHS has been recognized in the past by U.S. News & World Report for its leadership in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, respiratory disorders, digestive tract, rehabilitation, and gynecology. Recently, the VCUHS received both the 2001 and 2002 National Research Corporation's Consumer Choice Awards for Overall Quality and Image, the 2003 Solucient “Top Hospitals” award, and, 50 physicians were listed as part of the "2003 Best Doctors in America."
Making medical history is only part of the reason for the excellent reputation of the VCUHS. Thanks to the dedication, compassion and expertise of its approximately 7,000 staff members - from doctors, nurses, and resident medical staff to support personnel and administrators - the VCUHS has enjoyed a consistently high patient satisfaction rating. All of this combines to strengthen the VCU Health System's position in the healthcare marketplace and protect our important mission of excellence in research, education, and patient care for the 21st century.
The VCU Health System's academic mission supports and is directly linked to Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the nation's top research universities. Located on two campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls 27,000 students in more than 160 undergraduate, graduate, professional, doctoral and post-graduate certificate degree programs at 11 schools and one college. 20 graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best of their kind in the nation.
Since 1838, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) has provided some of the most advanced state-of-the-art medical treatments and progressive technologies offered anywhere today. And our focus on caring for our patients and our community has remained steadfast for more than 170 years has not. We’re still improving the quality of and access to patient care in Central Virginia and throughout Virginia.
When our nearly 8,000 professionals go to work – whether in the ER or in the accounting department – their individual and team efforts reinforce our mission:
The VCU Health System is committed to improving the quality of and access to patient care in Central Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth by:
Providing superior, compassionate, and innovative patient care to improve the health of all members of the communities we serve.
Educating the health-care professionals of tomorrow, health-care providers of today and the community at large.
Advancing the generation, dissemination, and application of biomedical research.
Service – We will execute every customer interaction with a caring attitude, honesty and respect, putting our customer’s needs first to yield exceptional customer service.
Trust – Through our integrity, respect of individual and diversity and commitment to privacy and safety, we achieve trust from those we serve and from those with whom we work.
Attitude – Our attitude is that in the pursuit of excellence, we display kindness, concern, compassion and appropriate charity to those in our care.
Respect – We respect the dignity of each individual and the collective diversity of the communities we serve.
Our patient-focused professional family of more than 8,600 includes doctors, nurses, technicians, specialists, administrators and support personnel. Our medical teams are trained in nearly 200 specialty areas with many receiving regional, national and international recognition. Over the years, we’ve received international recognition in many fields including:
- early diagnosis and treatment of chest pain and strokes
- cancer research, treatment, and rehabilitation
- organ transplant
- head and spinal cord trauma research
- burn and wound healing
- neonatal intensive care
- genetic research
- gynecological care
This recognition contributes to our high morale and instills organizational pride. Our dedication to providing high-levels of patient care infused with compassion and understanding also has driven regional recognition like Richmond Magazine's annual “Top Docs” survey and included in US News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals listing for 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Making and defining medical history is possible through our employees’ collective commitment to research, education and patient care. We’ve enjoyed a rich, rewarding past, but the future looks even brighter with our ever-growing family of health care professionals.