November 14, 2003-Norfolk, Va.- Sentara Healthcare today announced that two of its hospital administrators are switching positions, effective December 1st. Bob Graves, administrator at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has accepted the responsibility for Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital in that role, and Les Donahue, the current administrator at SWCH, has accepted the administrator position at SVBGH.
The management changes come as part of Sentara's desire to further strengthen its system by capitalizing on the breadth and depth of experience on its executive team.
Sentara's history of shifting its executives within the system is part of the organization's effort to raise the bar, gain fresh perspectives and keep Sentara on the leading edge of health care. It is the company's belief that these changes will ultimately result in the best health care for patients, who benefit from a dynamic organization that can change as the industry changes.
"Les and Bob have had great success in their current positions," says Howard Kern, president and chief operating officer of Sentara Healthcare. "As Sentara grows and continues to face competitive challenges, these leadership changes will only strengthen the company's role and mission in Hampton Roads."
Graves has been the administrator at SVBGH for 14 years. He has a proven record of program development at SVBGH in areas of cardiology, neonatal care and advanced imaging. Graves also saw the hospital through its merger into the Sentara system in 1998, and was recently instrumental in regaining Trauma II level services to SVBGH. Graves will oversee the development of the new Williamsburg hospital campus and the recently opened Outpatient Care Center.
"I look forward to using skills I have spent years perfecting at SVBGH in the area of program development for the competitive Williamsburg area health care market," says Graves. "My track record of facilitating merger integration will be well utilized in the upcoming year as SWCH fully integrates with Sentara and we develop the new Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center campus and open a new hospital in 2006."
Donahue brings 17 years of administrative experience to SVBGH. He also has extensive experience building hospital programs and services for expanding community facilities. He facilitated SWCH efforts to integrate and eventually merge with Sentara with a particular focus on ensuring that the community's, employees and medical staff's long-term best interests were preserved. He led the SWCH Board of Directors in its decision to construct new health care facilities in the Williamsburg area and has made the Planetree model of patient-centered care a focus for the hospital.
"I believe that this change will be a positive move for the respective communities we serve and the Sentara system as a whole," says Donahue. "I have truly enjoyed my experience at SWCH and I'm excited about the future plans of this community. The opportunity to move forward in my career by assuming leadership of a nationally ranked 274-bed hospital with established programs in cardiac, neonatal care and trauma services, located in the largest city in Virginia, is a challenge I look forward too."