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Sentara Leigh and Sentara Virginia Beach General Named Among Nation's 100 Top Hospitals 

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Norfolk, VA - July 7, 2003 - 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.

A list of winners from the most recent year's survey, the Class of 2001, was published in the April 2003 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Sentara Leigh Hospital ranked among the nation's finest in the teaching hospital category in the 2001 study; Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital was honored in the large community hospital category in the 2001 and 2000 surveys.

The ninth annual 100 Top Hospitals® National Benchmarks for Success, conducted by Solucient, an Evanston, Illinois-based health care information company, is based solely on objective, quantitative performance data consistent across all U.S. hospitals. The study, which evaluates acute care hospitals in five classes, identifies the industry's top overall performers and provides the latest benchmarks in clinical, operational, and financial excellence.

"We are so proud Sentara Leigh Hospital has been ranked as a top performer in the country in such a prestigious survey based on clinical quality and operational excellence," said Larry DePriest, Sentara Leigh Hospital Administrator."

"Being recognized as one of the 100 top hospitals for two consecutive years demonstrates the commitment by our clinicians and doctors at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital to delivering quality health care, " said Robert L. Graves, Administrator of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Solucient assigned each hospital in the study to a peer group based on its size, teaching status, and residency program involvement. Data sources for the study were Solucient's hospital database and publicly available Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR). Evaluation and hospitals ranking were based on performance in each of the eight measures, relative to other hospitals in their peer group.

Even while treating more patients than other hospitals in their peer group, the study found that benchmark hospitals have much lower complications, mortality indices, and expenses.

Other findings include:
* Benchmark hospitals treat more - and sicker - patients than non-benchmark hospitals, admitting an average of 24 percent more patients and maintaining higher patient case mix than peer hospitals.
* The 100 Top Hospitals were found to have more successful outcomes than their peers, providing complication-free care nearly 15 percent more often than peers and helping patients survive life-threatening illness nearly 13 percent more often than their peers.
* Hospitals in the South Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia) are setting the standard for quality, having far fewer deaths and complications than other hospitals in their region.

Sentara Healthcare, a premier not-for-profit health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, is comprised of more than 70 sites of care including 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. Sentara offers a full range of health coverage plans, home health and hospice services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, mobile diagnostic vans, and ground and air medical transport services, including Nightingale-the region's only air ambulance service. Sentara was ranked the number one integrated health care network in the United States in 2001 by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Sentara Leigh is a 250-bed hospital that features all private rooms. The hospital specializes in orthopedic, gynecological, general, and urological services. Sentara Virginia Beach General is a 274-bed tertiary care hospital dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of sophisticated services including open-heart surgery and cardiac care.


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