VCU Health System


With 175 years of service, VCUHS helps define Richmond. We are visible in the city skyline and in the grateful eyes of our patients. With each passing day, we touch thousands of new families' lives ... and they touch ours. And the impressions that are left on us and on our city endure time, change, and the passing of generations.

Our staff of more than 9,400+ (and growing!) represents the most talented and dedicated of healthcare workers. In fact, for two years in a row (2012-2013 and 2013-2014), VCUHS was ranked a "Top Hospital in Virginia" by US News & World Report. To earn these and many additional accolades (see "Awards" section below), we rely on the professionalism, dedication, and compassion of each and every valued member of our team. We appreciate their innumerable contributions to VCUHS and to the community of patients and families whose lives they touch each day.

We are a regional referral center for the state, the region's only Level I Trauma Center, a Carnegie Foundation Level 1 Research University, and a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center. For 2013, our vital statistics include:


VCU Health System is composed of a 600-strong physician practice, numerous outpatient clinics and our hospital, which is 865 licensed beds. We are a regional regerral center for the state and the region's only Level I Trauma Center. VCUHS offers nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international acclaim.

In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, VCUHS offers virtually every form of contemporary medical care. In particular the medical center has received international recognition for early diagnosis and treatment of chest pain and stroke, 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.  

Confirming that VCUHS is truly a health care force in Richmond and beyond, we have received accolades from several outside organizations. Collectively, these achievements demonstrate that VCUHS is making remarkable impressions on those who come here to work and receive care. Following are examples of these successes:

2012-2013 and 2013-2014 "Best Hospital in Virginia" as designated by US News & World Report.

In 2013 US News & World Report also ranked two specialty areas in the top 50:

Nephrology at 41 and orthopedics at 39. In addition, the prestigious ranking including eight specialty areas as high performing: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; and urology. Additionally, the magazine ranked the Children's Hospital at VCU (CHoR) among the best children's hospitals for 2013-2014. Most recently, US News & World Report ranked the nephrology (kidney care) program at CHoR No. 28 in the nation in the new 2014-2015 Best Children's Hospitals ranking. 

Additionally, VCUHS currently holds six Beacon Awards for Excellence in Nursing Care - More than any other health system in Virginia - from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Over the years, VCUHS has held eight national designations as a Working Mother magazine "100 Best Employers for Working Mothers", along with several local designations as Richmond's Top Workplace.  

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Our team members are our greatest assets. As with any valuable investment, our team members require nurturing and care to help them remain strong. That's why we do everything we can to help them create the balance they need, from encouraging them to take time off to be with their families, to helping them purchase homes, to providing a bit of extra help if it's needed. We are there for our team members, every step of the way. 

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a city textured with history. It's where Patrick Henry threw down the revolutionary gauntlet with the words "Give me liberty, or give me death.". It's home to the oldest, continuously meeting legislative body in the U.S. It's where Edgar Allen Poe worked at his first literary job, and where Arthur Ashe learned to play tennis. Anchored by the past, Richmond also is marked by continuing tradition of growth, innovation, and commitment to community.  

The MCV campus of the VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital with a 52-acre footpring one block from Capitol Square, and over 2.5 million square feet of facilities2 in satellite locations surrounding the city including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. Though sought by patients from surrounding suburban and rural areas of greater Richmond and from around the world, our location places us at the very center of what makes Richmond tick. The city's size, scale, and location, combined with our flexible scheduling and emphasis on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, means you can mesh opportunities for rest and relaxation with the demands of professional life. Richmond is a cityscape of culture: a blend of historic residential neighborhoods, museums, and businesses. It is home to the Governor of Virginia, the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Ballet, the theatre, the Library of Virginia, AA baseball, championship basketball and tennis, and a host of other cultural attractions. Opportunities for outdoor recreation include rock climbing and whitewater rafting, fishing and bicycle riding, golf and horseback riding. And there are dozens of restaurants from well-seasoned lunch counters and one-of-a-kind pushcart vendors to critically acclaimed restaurants. Plus, we're at the crossroads of Interstates 64 and 95, an hour from the mountains and two hours from the beach and Washington, DC. 

To learn more about our historic hometown, please visit http://www.ci.richmond.va.us/