The University of Virginia School of Medicine was the tenth medical school to be established in the United States, and was authorized by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors at its first meeting in 1819. The school was opened in March 1825 and the first degree granted at the University was that of the Doctor of Medicine in 1828.
Currently the University of Virginia Health System includes the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, extensive research facilities, and the tertiary care University of Virginia hospital which has more than 600 beds. In 2009 the University of Virginia Medical Center was one of only 15 major teaching hospitals to be ranked among the nation’s top 100 hospitals, according to Thomson Reuters’ 100 Top Hospitals. And, the UVA Hospital has been ranked the number one hospital in Virginia for the past three years, and Becker’s Hospital Review rated the UVA Hospital in its Top 100 for 2017. Furthermore, in 2017, The University of Virginia’s Cardiac Program was rated as a Top 50 program by US News & World Report.
There are over 35 operating rooms at the University Hospital, all of which have been recently renovated to have state-of-the-art facilities. In recent years, the UVA Medical center added over 100 more beds, 75 of which are private critical care beds. The new hospital tower is scheduled to open in 2020, and this tower will add about one third more space for the operating room and for clinical beds, both regular hospital rooms and ICU space. The new OR’s will include a number of dedicated cardiac rooms as well as additional hybrid operating rooms.
The Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center was completed in recent years, which houses clinic space, imaging modalities, and radiation and chemotherapy treatment facilities.
The Heart and Vascular Center occupies the fourth floor of University Hospital. The cardiothoracic surgical floor is a 30 bed unit with 6 beds dedicated as an intermediate care unit for general thoracic and cardiac surgical patients. The 24 bed Thoracic and Cardiovascular intensive care unit is immediately adjacent to the ward and is designated for adult cardiac surgery, general thoracic, and complex vascular surgery patients. There is also a pediatric ICU of 10 beds and a pediatric surgical floor for the pediatric congenital heart surgery patients.
The intensive care unit is staffed with dedicated nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as intensivists. The surgical floor is staffed with dedicated cardiothoracic surgery nurse practitioners. In addition to the nurse practitioners and physician assistants, general surgery residents rotate on both the cardiac and thoracic surgical services.
The outpatient clinic areas are staffed with RN care coordinators and LPNs. In addition, nurse practitioners and residents actively participate in clinic. It is an expectation that the thoracic surgery residents will participate in the outpatient office visits on a weekly basis. The General Thoracic Surgery clinics are held in the Emily Couric Cancer Center, while the Cardiac Surgery clinics are held in the Heart & Vascular Center.