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Sentara Health Management Hires New Peninsula Sales Manager 

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Norfolk, VA - January 27, 2003 - Drumont I. Bowman joins Sentara Health Management as Peninsula sales manager. Based in the Port Warwick Medical Arts Building, he works with Peninsula employers who have more than 50 employees to meet their health insurance needs. For the past 5 years, Bowman has served as a broker for a large employee benefits company on the Peninsula.

Bowman, a resident of Yorktown, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and his master's degree in education from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He has spent more than 30 years of his career responsible for admissions programs at Virginia universities such as Christopher Newport University, Radford University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Bowman is actively involved in the Peninsula community. He is immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club of Oyster Point, an active member of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and serves as the sponsored youth chair for the Division 13 of the Capital District of Kiwanis International.

Sentara Health Management's Port Warwick office is located at 11803 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. Bowman can be reached at 757.594.1035.

About Sentara Health Management
Sentara Health Management is the managed care division of Sentara Healthcare and founder of the region's first managed care plan, Optima Health Plan. Serving 312,000 members1 in Virginia through a variety of its health care insurance plans, Sentara Health Management's provider network consists of nearly 6,000 physicians throughout the commonwealth.2 For five consecutive years, Optima has received the highest level of accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 3. Optima was also named among only two Virginia health plans to receive top ratings in 2002 Consumers' Guide to Health Plans 4, published by Consumers' CHECKBOOK-a nonprofit consumer education organization. Sentara Health Management currently offers a variety of group health plans including POS, PPO, and HMO plans. The company has strong affiliations with a regional, tertiary care, pediatric facility, and a medical school. For more information about the Sentara's health plans, visit www.optimahealth.com.

1Sentara Health Management Member Summary Report, Jan. 2003
2SHM On-Line Provider information, www.optimahealth.com, 20 Nov. 2002
3National Committee for Quality Assurance, "NCQA Recognizes Nation's Best Health Plans with Introduction of New 'Excellent' Accreditation Status," Press Release, 18 Oct. 1999
4 "102 Members of Sentara's Medical Staff Rated Highest by Peers," Press Release, 15 Nov. 2002

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