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Virginia Beach, VA - January 5, 2000 - Sentara Virginia Beach General hospital has been recognized by HCIA and The Health Network as a recipient of the 1999 100 Top Hospitals™: Regional Benchmarks for Success award. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is one of only two 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 that HCIA and The Health Network have recognized the excellent work being done by our staff and physicians at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital," said Robert Graves, administrator of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Healthcare vice president. "It is because of their dedication and willingness to accept nothing but the best for their patients that Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is one of the nation's top regional hospitals."

According to HCIA, if all U.S. hospitals were to operate like the 100 Top Hospitals, savings to the healthcare industry would exceed $31 billion annually. 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.

"The announcement of the 100 Top Hospitals is a timely response to President Clinton's concern about hospital outcomes," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president of HCIA. "The 100 Top Hospitals are shining examples of hospitals that have built a culture around continuous performance improvement."

"With the explosion of available health news and information on television and the Internet, consumers are taking greater control of their personal health and expenses," said J. Tod Fetherling, senior vice president of TheHealthNetwork.com. "The 100 Top Hospitals study helps consumers make informed decisions about their health care by learning which hospitals offer superior care at lower costs."

This year's ranking is based on the following eight 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 (cash flow margin);
6. proportion of outpatient revenue;
7. index of total facility occupancy;
8. productivity (total asset turnover ratio).

Study results are available to consumers at http://www.TheHealthNetwork.com.
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 Center, Sleep Disorders Center and the Coastal Cancer Center. The hospital is also recognized as a Level II Trauma Center.

HCIA 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 creates information assets that help customers manage health care costs and improve patient care.

The Health Network is the leading consumer-health destination on television and the Internet, where individuals can find the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. Doctors and other health experts provide credible, easy-to-understand health news and information 24 hours a day. Individuals can get more in-depth information and interact with doctors, experts and other individuals through the Internet at TheHealthNetwork.com.

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