Sentara Healthcare… was founded in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1888 as the 25-bed Retreat for the Sick, beginning Sentara’s rich history in the Hampton Roads area.
… is the largest integrated health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, serving more than 2 million residents. Sentara also serves more than 500,000 residents in the Blue Ridge area and about 375,000 in Northern Virginia.
… is a not-for-profit health care organization whose charitable mission is to provide innovative services to treat illness and disease and to promote the improvement of personal health.
…is directed by a group of community leaders who serve in a volunteer capacity as the Board of Directors.
… operates 10 acute care hospitals: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Sentara Obici Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, RMH Healthcare and Martha Jefferson Hospital.
… operates more than 100 sites of care, including advanced imaging centers, urgent care facilities, nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, two home health and hospice agencies, a 3,680-provider medical staff, and three medical groups with 618 providers. Sentara Medical Group consists of about 380 primary care and multi-specialty physicians.
... offers ground medical transport services, mobile diagnostic vans, and a health and fitness facility.
…Sentara is the only healthcare system in the country to be among the nation's top 10 for all 15 years of Modern Healthcare's list of top integrated healthcare networks. The study, which is published annually, highlights the top 100 integrated healthcare networks across the nation as selected by SDI, a health information company.
...Cardiology and Heart Surgery services at Sentara Heart Hospital and Urology at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital rank among the top 50 programs in the nation in the 2012-13 America’s Best Hospitals ranking of U.S. News & World Report. The Heart Program at Sentara Heart Hospital has been ranked for the past 13 years.
…In 2011 more than $214.4 million was returned to communities across Virginia through uncompensated patient care services, training the future healthcare workforce and touching individuals with health information, screenings and prevention in their local communities.
...sponsors hundreds of community health education programs. Programs include Healthy Heart, Eating for Life, WalkAbout with Healthy Edge, Sentara Living, Get Off Your Butt: Stay Smokeless for Life, along with hundreds of free health screenings.
… established the Sentara Health Foundation in 1998 to improve the health and quality of life and to further Sentara’s not-for-profit mission of serving the community. Sentara Health Foundation has touched the lives of many Virginia residents from the Eastern Shore to Greater Hampton Roads through grants supporting community programs. In 2012, the foundation awarded 31 grants totaling $600,000.
...provides the Sentara eCare Health Network®. The clinical system uses innovative technology to link patient medical information between Sentara hospitals, physician practices and other health care sites over a protected network, enabling the secure sharing of patient information and a higher quality of care.
...offers MyHealth MyChart , providing patients with secure online access to their electronic medical information enabling new ways to interact with doctors and staff.
...…launched the nation’s first eICU®. This groundbreaking telemedicine system is designed to reduce mortality and shorten ICU stays. The eICU uses telesurveillance to connect critical care specialists in an off-site control center with staff and patients at numerous hospitals throughout Sentara’s system.
… operates Southeastern Virginia’s first air ambulance, Nightingale has been saving lives for nearly 30 years. Based at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Nightingale serves a 125-mile radius, flying as far north as Washington, D.C., as far south as Ocracoke Island, east to the Eastern Shore and west to Charlottesville, VA.
…operates the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital; one of five Level I trauma centers in Virginia. The trauma program and the medical staff of Eastern Virginia Medical School's Department of Surgery provide the highest level of care in the region.
… operates the region’s comprehensive solid organ transplant center. In its nearly 40 years of existence, the transplant center has been a part of more than 2,200 transplants. Today, Sentara performs kidney, heart, pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplants.
…performed the region’s first heart, kidney and pancreas transplants, in addition to the first open-heart surgery. Surgeons at Sentara Heart Hospital transplanted the 300th heart recipient in May 2010.
…first in the region to offer patients electrophysiology, angioplasty, laser surgery, stents, drug-eluting stents, repairs of congenital holes within the heart chamber in adults, minimally invasive valve surgery and left ventricular assist devices.
...first in the region to use real-time intraoperative imaging technology for heart bypass surgery, providing immediate confirmation of a successful surgery. Sentara was the first in the region to open a center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias with the addition of the Sentara Heart Arrhythmia Center at Sentara Heart Hospital.
... is among the top 10 percent nationally in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia -- a leading cause of death among hospital-acquired infections nationwide. As of 2011, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has gone eight years without a ventilator-associated pneumonia, making it a model for other hospitals in the nation.
… was the first to bring robotic surgery to the region. Surgeons at Sentara Norfolk General began using the da Vinci Surgical System™ for prostate removal surgery. The technique has been used for additional types of surgeries, as well.
…Sentara Senior Services operates 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, as well as an adult day care center, Mobile Meals program and Program for All Inclusive Care for the elderly (PACE).
… received an Employer of Choice® award by Employer of Choice Inc, which certifies outstanding employers. Sentara earned the third highest score in the history of the award.
...Sentara Norfolk General Hospital became the first in southeastern Virginia to be named a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Several other hospitals are working to earn the designation.
... founded the region’s first managed-care plan, Optima Health in 1984. With more than 25 years of health insurance experience, Optima Health's goal is to offer quality health plans at affordable prices.
…offers a full range of high-value commercial health plans including HMO, POS and PPO plans, plus the consumer-driven FourSight® plan for small to medium-sized businesses.
... Optima Health provides health plan coverage to more than 433,000 members throughout Virginia. The provider network features more than 15,000 providers including specialists, primary care physicians and hospitals across Virginia.
...Members have access to doctors and hospitals with nationally-recognized clinical programs, up-to- date preventive care and patient safety protocols, plus the latest medical procedures and technologies.
...Optima also offers programs to support members with chronic illnesses, customized wellness programs, and integrated clinical and behavioral health services.
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