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Virginia Beach, VA - December 14, 2000 - Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has been named one of the nation's top hospitals recognized by The HCIA-Sachs Institute as a recipient of the 2000 100 Top Hospitals™: Benchmarks for Success award. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is one of only three hospitals in Virginia to receive the honor.

The study is based solely on objective, quantitative performance data that are consistent and complete across nine geographic regions in the United States. The study identifies top performing hospitals based upon quality of care, efficiency of operations, and sustainability of overall performance.

"We are thrilled the excellent work being done by our staff and physicians at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has been recognized by HCIA-Sachs," said Robert Graves, administrator of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Healthcare vice president. "When you consider there are more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States, to be named one of the top 100 is an honor. It is because of the dedication and willingness of our personnel to accept nothing but the best for their patients that Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is one of the nation's top hospitals."

In recent years hospitals have had to tighten their belts in the face of Medicare cuts and declining reimbursement from health insurance companies. According to HCIA-Sachs, if all U.S. acute hospitals were to operate like the 100 Top Hospitals, savings to the health care industry would exceed $12 billion annually.

"It is very clear that the management teams at the 100 Top Hospitals shine above all others when the times are the toughest," said Jean Chenoweth, executive director of the HCIA-Sachs Institute.

More importantly, Graves added, is that benchmark hospitals treat sicker patients and have better patient outcomes, measured by decreased mortality and fewer incidents of complications. HCIA-Sachs found that if all U.S. hospitals were to operate like the top 100, the number of deaths would be reduced by nearly 87,000 and complications would be cut by 57,000.

"The public looks to us to take care of them when they are ill and we take that responsibility with the utmost seriousness. Working in health care takes special people and we have some of the best," Graves said.

This year's ranking is based on the following seven measures of clinical quality practices, operations, and financial management:
1. risk-adjusted mortality index;
2. risk-adjusted complications index;
3. severity-adjusted average length of stay;
4. expense per adjusted discharge, case mix- and wage-adjusted;
5. profitability;
6. proportion of outpatient revenue;
7. productivity (total asset turnover ratio).

Study results are available to consumers online.

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is a 274-bed acute care facility dedicated to providing services in cardiology, women's and infants' health, oncology, orthopedics and neurosciences. Included in its special services are open-heart surgery, pulmonary and critical care, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, high-risk pregnancy center, Diabetes treatment , the Sleep Disorders Center, and the Coastal Cancer Center. The hospital is also recognized as a Level II Trauma Center.

HCIA-Sachs collects, manages, and distributes comparative health care information. Its customers deliver, purchase, and manufacture health care products and services. By combining industry-leading databases, methodologies, and analytic services, HCIA-Sachs creates information assets that help customers manage health care costs and improve patient care.

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