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Hampton Roads, VA - April 3, 2000 - More than 80,000 residents of Hampton Roads will soon have unlimited access to all hospitals of the region's premier health care organization. Effective April, 1, 2000, Hampton Roads residents who have their health insurance through insurers or employers that utilize the Virginia Health Network PPO (VHN) will have access to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Hampton General Hospital, and Sentara Bayside Hospital.

VHN members will also have access to Sentara Home Health and Sentara LifeCare. Previously, members of employers or insurers who contracted with VHN PPO had access only to Sentara's Virginia Beach General Hospital and Williamsburg Community Hospital, and their affiliated medical group physicians.

The new Sentara-VHN contract includes Sentara's complete integrated network, including more than 70 care giving sites in Hampton Roads. Additionally, Sentara Medical Group physicians will be added to the network as they are credentialed.

"Sentara currently contracts with the majority of payors operating in Hampton Roads. Our contract with VHN continues to fulfill our commitment to provide the residents of Hampton Roads with greater access and choice," says Paul Butler, Sentara vice president of Network Sales Contracting. "Members covered under the VHN PPO will now have access to the leading health care organization providing a full continuum of services including: cardiac, orthopedic, transplant, and Level I trauma services in Hampton Roads."

VHN is a for-profit, provider-owned Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) which began operations in 1988. The company was created by a consortium of nine hospitals in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. Sentara is a joint owner of VHN. VHN's primary objective is to contain health care costs through the provision of medically necessary treatment that meets the highest standards for quality of care.

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