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Sentara Healthcare Named Nation's Sixth Top Integrated Health Care Network 

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Norfolk, VA - February 17, 2000 - Sentara was ranked 6th in the nation by SMG Marketing Group, a Chicago-based healthcare and information marketing company. SMG looked at Sentara's level of integration and its ability to offer a full spectrum of services.

Sentara is one of only three health care systems in the nation to be in the Top 10 for three straight years. SMG ranked the Top 100 Integrated Health Systems, out of more than 532 nonspecialty regional integrated health systems nationwide. Sentara Healthcare CEO David L. Bernd says the ranking reflects on Sentara's commitment to integration, and the benefits of an integrated system.

"From the physician's office to hospital admission to outpatient care to home health care, the patient should receive the same quality care," Bernd says. "Patients should move easily through the system, services should be more timely, and communication amongst care providers should be better."

Sentara Healthcare is the premiere healthcare provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, operating more than 70 caregiving sites; including six hospitals, two outpatient health care campuses, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, 44 primary care practices, a full range of health coverage plans, home health and hospice services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, ground and air medical transport services, mobile diagnostic vans, and a fitness facility.

In determining the Top 100 Integrated Health Systems, SMG Marketing Group looks at distinct categorical performance in each integrated healthcare network, including services and access, hospital utilization, physicians, integration, financial stability, outpatient utilization, and contracts.

In compiling its Top 100 rankings, SMG Marketing determined that 95 percent of the integrated health systems are not-for-profit and have a physician network that is 58 percent larger than the average integrated systems.

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