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Sentara Leigh Hospital Ranks Among Nation's 100 Top Hospitals 

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Norfolk, VA-December 16, 2003 - Sentara Leigh Hospital is recognized in an elite listing of the top 100 health care providers in the U.S., among only three Virginia hospitals to make the ranking. A list of winners from the most recent year's survey was published in the September 29, 2003, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

Sentara Leigh Hospital ranked among the nation's finest in the teaching hospital category for two consecutive years.

The 10th edition of 100 Top Hospitals® National Benchmarks for Success, conducted by Solucient, an n Evanston, Illinois-based health care information company, is based solely on objective, publicly available performance data 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.

"Being named among the leading health care providers in the country for the second straight year is quite an honor," said Larry DePriest, Sentara Leigh Hospital Administrator. "We thank the doctors and hospital staff at Sentara Leigh Hospital who help this hospital achieve its performance goals."

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 information.

Other findings include:
* Benchmark hospitals are more likely to adopt important new patient care technologies and treat a larger percentage of people in their communities than other U.S. hospitals.
* Patients at winning hospitals return to everyday life faster than those at non-winning hospitals. These patients were released a third of a day more quickly than at peer hospitals.
* Winning hospitals treat more - and sicker - patients than non-winning hospitals

Sentara Leigh Hospital, a 250-bed facility with all private rooms, specializes in orthopedics, general surgery, and gynecology. In addition, it has one of the region's only hyperbaric oxygen therapy units to help speed the recovery of patients with major wounds, decompression sickness, and carbon monoxide poisoning. A new Ambulatory Surgery Center and Sentara Heart at Sentara Leigh Hospital debuted in the fall of 2001. Most recently, the eICU®, a highly advanced intensive care monitoring system has been added.


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