November 4, 2003-Williamsburg, Va.- 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.
This advisory committee, developed in cooperation with the City of Williamsburg and Crossroads Project representatives, will be made up of community leaders from across the Greater Williamsburg area to explore options for the Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital campus once the new hospital opens.
"Our board has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the reuse of the facility results in a transaction that includes terms satisfactory to the buyer, seller, and the community," said Donahue. "We are delighted that so many community leaders are willing to serve on the committee. The community input that we will receive will enable us to meet that goal."
Donahue went on to say that the committee will arrive at a collective recommendation based on the possible options for reuse. The recommendation should include a range of acceptable alternatives, but the list may be prioritized, if the committee wishes.
The committee will be comprised of Les Donahue, of Sentara Healthcare; Marc Sharp, representing Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital Board of Directors; Jeanne Zeidler, mayor of Williamsburg; Jack Tuttle, Williamsburg city manager; Sandy Wanner, James City county administrator; James Yankovich, Crossroads Project chairman; Jim Golden, director of economic development at the College of William and Mary; John Favret, director of Eastern State Hospital; Michael Fox, president of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce; and a member from the surrounding neighborhoods, to be named later.
A chair will be elected by this group at its first meeting, tentatively scheduled in December. The committee will solicit advice from the community and civic groups, and is expected to issue an initial report no later than December 2004.
"On behalf of the City of Williamsburg, I am pleased that Sentara, the Crossroads Project, and the City of Williamsburg have been able to reach a consensus about how to proceed on the reuse of the hospital, which has the potential to contribute so much to the future of our community," said Williamsburg Mayor Jeanne Zeidler.
The committee will bring in experts to help explore a wide variety of options, including - but not limited to - commercial, residential, or other private and public uses.
"The goal of the community advisory committee is to arrive at a recommendation for the use of the current hospital complex that will be acceptable to Sentara Healthcare, Inc. and the community and be consistent with the planning objectives of the local community," said James Yankovich, Crossroads Project Chairman.
Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital is a private, non-profit acute care hospital, accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital is licensed for 139 beds and is the Williamsburg area's only full-service healthcare facility. SWCH is a member of Sentara Healthcare integrated healthcare system, which is comprised of 6 acute care hospitals, a hospital for extended recovery, 2 outpatient care campuses, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, and 25 primary care practices.
For more information, contact Kimberly Van Sickel with Sentara Public Relations at (757) 259-6315.