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Norfolk, VA - February 19, 2001 - Sentara Healthcare has been named the Top Integrated Health Network in the United States.

Lieutenant Governor John Hager Announces Sentara's Honor
"We strive to provide the residents of our communities with a seamless health care organization, and to be recognized for our work is truly an honor," said David Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare.

Sentara was ranked tops 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.

"We strive to provide the residents of our communities with a seamless health care organization, and to be recognized for our work is truly an honor," said David Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare.

Bernd says with an integrated health care system patients should move easily through the system, services should be more timely, and communication amongst care providers should be better.

"An integrated system makes it easier for patients to receive the care they need," Bernd said. "It's a win-win for patients when their physicians,
hospitals, and health plan are all working together to improve the quality of their care."

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.

Bernd credited his predecessor Glen Mitchell with providing the vision to transform Sentara from a hospital-based organization into an integrated health care provider.

"Glen recognized very early the benefits of bringing health care services together for the patients. He truly is the father of integrated health care in Virginia, " Bernd said.

Sentara is one of only three health care systems in the nation to be in the Top 10 for four straight years. Sentara was ranked 6th in the nation in 2000. SMG ranked the Top 100 Integrated Health Systems, out of more than 532 nonspecialty regional integrated health systems nationwide.

David L. Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare is the premiere healthcare provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, operating more than 70 caregiving sites; including six hospitals, three outpatient health care campuses, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, 38 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 fitness facilities.

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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