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Ways to Define Quality: Technological Advances

Keeping pace with the latest advances in technology isn’t easy in the health care industry, but it can go a long way toward setting health care providers apart from their peers. Frequent new equipment purchases, the introduction of state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques and the implementation of new, computerized work processes all play a role in success.

Read more about various minimally invasive surgical techniques at Sentara:
Prostate Cancer
LAP BAND® weight loss surgery
Lung cancer

Medical Breakthroughs at Sentara

At Sentara, we continually invest in state-of-the-art technology and consistently bring the latest in medical breakthroughs to the region. Sentara is proud to offer many new and innovative treatment options that provide our patients with improved outcomes and a better quality of life including: 

Robotic surgery techniques for cardiac and thoracic conditions
Sentara's eICU® monitoring
Minimally invasive techniques for numerous medical conditions

For the most up-to-date information Sentara's medical breakthroughs, check Sentara News and Explore Health with Sentara .

A History of Innovation

Since its earliest days, Sentara Healthcare has consistently been a leader in providing patients with the most up-to-date medical care.

For example, when Sarah Leigh Hospital, the precursor to today's Sentara Leigh Hospital, was founded in 1903, the design was considered ahead of its time with round corners for easy cleaning, a basement-based air cooling system, fire protection and sound control.

In 1967, surgeons at Norfolk General Hospital performed the first open-heart surgery in the region. The hospital also was the site for the birth of America's first in-vitro baby in 1981.

More recently, in 2000 Sentara was the first to pioneer and develop the eICU®, a remote monitoring system for intensive care.

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