Norfolk, VA -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.
Demolition of the building is slated to begin Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., October 17th and will provide parking for the proposed new Sentara Heart Hospital, the region's only state-of-the-art, digital heart hospital.
Plans for the new heart facility include a six-story, approximately 300,000-square-foot building, which will adjoin the River Pavilion and link it to the existing campus. A ribbon cutting ceremony is also planned Monday afternoon for the new Sentara School of Health Professions.
"Jenkins Hall is rich with so many memories. We are sad to see it go, but being on the forefront of such tremendous technological advancements as the Sentara Heart Hospital means we have not only kept pace with the community's needs, we are building for the future," said Sentara's Chief Executive Officer David L. Bernd.
"We are equally proud of the new building for the School of Health Professions, which will serve twice as many students from a more centralized location in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake," he added. "These vital new beginnings represent our commitment to offering the best possible health care and educational opportunities to the communities we serve."
Classes at the new School of Health Professions resumed October 13th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place at 3:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20. Chesapeake Mayor William E. Ward will be in attendance. The new address is:
Crossways I - Suite 105
1441 Crossways Blvd.
Chesapeake, Va. 23320
The School of Health Professions offers a consolidated education curriculum of six programs including registered and practical nursing, surgical technology, cardiovascular technology (including invasive, echosonography, and vascular imaging), monitor surveillance, and care partner education.
Tracing its roots to 1892 with the founding of Norfolk General Hospital's School of Nursing, the Sentara School of Health Professions continues a rich tradition of providing advanced health care education to the community. Expanding the nursing program in 1946, Jenkins Hall opened its doors on the campus of Norfolk General as a dormitory for young women eager to become nurses. Named for Norfolk General's sixth president, John S. Jenkins Jr., Jenkins Hall has seen more than 2,700 graduating students.