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December:

Sentara Life Care President Elected to National Post
Mary L. Blunt, President of Sentara Healthcare's 'Life Care' division, has been elected Region 3 Representative to the American Hospital Association's Council for Long Term Care and Rehabilitation.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Performs 100,000th Heart Catheterization On December 12th, the 100,000th heart catheterization patient had a milestone procedure performed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Dr. Carl W. Hartman, a cardiologist.

Sentara Opens Peninsula's First Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
For the first time, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will be available to Peninsula residents at a permanent center at Port Warwick Medical Arts.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Achieves National Recognition for Excellence in Heart Care
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is Virginia's only hospital ranked among the 100 top heart hospitals in the nation for five consecutive years, according to the 2003 study by Solucient, a Michigan-based health care information firm.

Donated Car to be Installed in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's 9th Floor Rehab Unit
An uncommon sight for a hospital campus, a car - a Volkswagen Jetta donated by a hospital employee - will be cut in half and lifted by crane the morning of Friday, December 12th along the exterior of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, up nine floors to a new Acute Functional Rehabilitation suite.

Sentara Leigh Hospital Ranks Among Nation's 100 Top Hospitals
Sentara Leigh Hospital is recognized in an elite listing of the top 100 health care providers in the U.S., among only three Virginia hospitals to make the ranking.

November:
First Lady Laura Bush Visits Sentara
Sentara was honored by a visit from First Lady Laura Bush to help raise awareness about women and heart disease.

Toast to Good Health
According to a recent study by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences* benefits of consuming polyphenols in red wine may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing the bodies production of low density lipoproteins often called "bad cholesterol."

Too Much Salt Can Spoil the Holidays
Like clockwork cardiologists expect to see dozens of patients with congestive heart failure two specific days each year-the day after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas. Why? The culprit is too much sodium (salt) in their patients' diets during the holidays.

Sentara Health Plans Receive "Excellent" Accreditation from NCQA Health plans administered by Sentara Health plans administered by Sentara Health Management have received the highest level of accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), marking the sixth consecutive year of recognition.

Sentara Adds eICU(r) Technology to Fourth Hospital
Patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) at Sentara Leigh Hospital are the latest to come under the watchful eye of eICU(r) solution, the cutting edge technology Sentara pioneered that is saving lives.
New Chairman of Sentara Healthcare Board of Directors
William K. Butler, II, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank of Hampton Roads, has begun a three-year term of service as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sentara Healthcare.

Sentara Announces New Hospital Administrator Appointments
Sentara Healthcare today announced that two of its hospital administrators are switching positions, effective December 1st.

Sentara Home Care Services Performs Well In New Quality Measurement
Sentara Home Care Services performed better than average in most categories of the new 'Home Health Compare' program through the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Committee Established to Plan Reuse of Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital
Sentara Healthcare announces the formation of a community advisory committee to work on recommendations for the reuse of Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital, hospital Administrator Les A. Donahue announced today.

October:
Sentara Healthcare Schedules Demolition of Norfolk General's Historic Jenkins Hall
October 16, 2003- Sentara Healthcare bids a fond farewell to Jenkins Hall, the historic 57-year-old home of the School of Health Professions located on the campus of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Lung Cancer Survivor Helps Sentara Raise Awareness About Disease, Treatment.

November Events Target Smoking
Sentara marks Great American Smokeout November 20th.

Sentara Leigh Hospital to Hold Community Health Fair To Mark 100th Year Birthday
The public is invited to join staff at Sentara Leigh Hospital, located at 830 Kempsville Road, on Sunday, October 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. for the
hospital's 100th Birthday Community Health Fair.

September:
Sentara Participates in Trial for Life-Saving Device
Sentara Healthcare is the sole health care provider in Virginia participating in an international trial, which offers heart attack survivors life-saving Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) right in their homes.

Construction Begins on Sentara's New Medical Office Building
Sentara's new Greenbrier Medical Office Building will bring Chesapeake residents and over 40,000 Sentara health plan members a multitude of health care services all under one roof.

Patient Tower Groundbreaking at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
A new patient care tower with 108 private rooms will literally change the face of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, and create a new standard of privacy and comfort for patients. The four-story 'West Wing' will rise over what is now the main entrance, creating a more modern appearance. Groundbreaking is scheduled on September 16, 2003 at 11a.m.

August:
Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Centers Planned For Region
Two of the region's top cancer service providers, Sentara Healthcare and Virginia Oncology Associates (VOA), have formed a partnership to create a new vision for cancer care in the region.

Sentara Joins LifeNet's Workplace Partnership Program
Sentara Healthcare joins long-time associate LifeNet, a non-profit agency that coordinates organ and tissue donation in Virginia, in an outreach effort known as the Workplace Partnership Program. The program is aimed at increasing employee awareness about organ and tissue donation.

Sentara Family Care Sponsors Health Clinic, Girls Fall Basketball League
Sentara Family Care takes a new approach to health care by promoting wellness habits in youth.

Sentara Home Care Services Active in National Quality Improvement Effort
Sentara Home Care Services, along with home health agencies across Virginia and the nation, is participating in the Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) recently launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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July:
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Urology Program Ranks In Nation's Top 50

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's urology program was listed 41st from among the nation's top 50 urology programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Sentara Home Care Services Active in National Quality Improvement Effort
Sentara Home Care Services, along with home health agencies across Virginia and the nation, is participating in the Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) recently launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Sentara Family Care Sponsors Health Clinic, Girls Summer Basketball League
This year 156 girls, ages 12 to 14, will participate in a summer basketball league and health education program sponsored by Sentara Family Care, a Medicaid HMO product of Sentara Health Management.

Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Centers Planned For Region
Two of the region's top cancer service providers, Sentara Healthcare and Virginia Oncology Associates (VOA), have formed a partnership to create a new vision for cancer care in the region.

Sentara Heart at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Ranks 21st in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Sentara Heart at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in the top 25 Heart Programs in the nation. It's the only heart program in Virginia to be honored, marking the fourth year the program has been recognized.

New Trauma Designation for Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital's voluntary state trauma center designation has transitioned from a Level II to a Level III Trauma Center.

Sentara Leigh and Sentara Virginia Beach General Named Among Nation's 100 Top Hospitals
Sentara Leigh Hospital and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital were named in an elite listing of the top 100 leading health care providers in the U.S., two of only four hospitals in Virginia to make the ranking.

Sentara Home Care Services Employee Achieves 'Certified Senior Advisor' Designation
Margie Barnes, Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator for Sentara Home Care Services, has earned the title of 'Certified Senior Advisor' by completing a demanding course in Priority Senior Issues through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Sentara Cancer Institute Hosts Body Image Seminar for Breast Cancer
Breast cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. Following mastectomy, a woman's body image is of major concern, and for some women, accepting that a part of their body is gone can be overwhelming. To help patients and their loved ones cope with these life changes, the Sentara Cancer Institute will host a seminar on 'Body Image' at the Virginia Beach Central Library, on Tuesday, July 29th.

June:
The Sentara Heart Hospital

Sentara Healthcare announced its plans to build a dedicated cardiac facility-the Sentara Heart Hospital on the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital campus.

New Trauma Designation for Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
Effective Friday, June 27th at 7 a.m., Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital's voluntary state trauma center designation will transition from a Level II to a Level III Trauma Center

May:
Sentara Cancer Services Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings, Lectures During May
Before you start having fun in the sun, take advantage of these FREE skin cancer screenings and lecture offered by Sentara Healthcare during the month of May, National Melanoma Detection and Prevention Month.

Sentara Cancer Services Offers Free Lectures During May
In addition to comprehensive offerings on Skin Cancer (see related release), Sentara Cancer Services will hold two FREE educational lectures for the public in May.

April:
Sentara Health Foundation Receives $1.2 Million Endowment to aid Sentara School of Health Professions
Sentara Health Foundation Awards 12 Organizations More than $145,000 in Grants

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Implants the Region's First Drug-Eluting Stent

Sentara still ranked one of top health systems in the nation

Sentara Healthcare Statement Regarding Recent Suspected SARS Cases

Family Helped by Generous Donors to Sentara Health Foundation
New Hope for Heart Failure

If you missed the program airing March 31 at 8 p.m., catch it again on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. on WVEC-TV, Channel 13.

Lisa Sands Joins Sentara Health Foundation as Institutional Advancement Specialist
Lisa Sands has joined Sentara Health Foundation as an Institutional Advancement Specialist.

Laboratorians at Sentara Saluted During National Lab Week
National Medical Laboratory Week (NMLW), April 20-26, 2003, is a time to honor the more than 280,000 medical laboratory professionals across the nation who perform and interpret laboratory tests that save lives and keep people healthy.

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital To Offer Free Cancer Awareness Month Programs
To recognize Cancer Awareness Month, the Coastal Cancer Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital will be holding several FREE educational lectures for the public during April 2003.

Free Cancer Awarenes Month Programs
To recognize Cancer Awareness Month, Sentara Cancer Institute will hold FREE educational lectures for the public in April.
FDA Trial Begins at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

March:
Sentara Introduces Advanced Imaging Center

New Hope for Heart Failure
If you missed the program airing March 31 at 8 p.m., catch it again on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. on WVEC-TV, Channel 13.

Sentara Cancer Institute Offers Free Colon Cancer Awareness Program
Sentara Cancer Institute, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, is sponsoring a FREE educational program on Thursday, March 28th from 5 until 7 p.m. at Norfolk Public Main Library, Kirby Room, 301 East City Hall Ave.

Sentara Cancer Institute Offers Free Colon Cancer Awareness Lecture
Sentara Cancer Institute is offering a free lecture to educate the public about colorectal cancer, its treatment and prevention on Tuesday, March 18 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at Sentara Cancer Institute, located at 600 Gresham Drive in Norfolk.

February:
National Alliance Elects Robert A. Gormley, M.D., C.P.E.Chairman of the Medical Directors Council
The medical directors of The HMO AllianceSM, a division of VHA, elect Robert A. Gormley, M.D., C.P.E., chairman of the organization's Medical Directors Council.

January:
Neuro ICU Wins Award
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Neuroscience's Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Team was named as a winner of the 2003 American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) InnoVision Award.

Sentara Health Management Hires New Peninsula Sales Manager
Drumont I. Bowman joins Sentara Health Management as Peninsula sales manager.


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