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Sentara Receives State Approval for Outpatient Surgery Center 

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Today, Sentara Healthcare received approval from the state health commissioner to build a state-of-the-art, outpatient surgery center at Sentara Princess Anne Health Campus.

The new surgery center will be located at the intersection of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads in Virginia beach adjacent to Princess Anne Park, providing quality outpatient surgical services such as orthopedic, and general surgery; gynecology; ENT, podiatry, and urology where almost none exist today. Patients will have available the latest minimally invasive outpatient surgical procedures that promote faster, easier recovery in the centers two operating rooms beginning in summer 2006.

Sentara broke ground on the 72-acre medical campus April 27, 2005. In addition to the outpatient surgery center, the campus will offer health services for the entire family beginning with the opening of Sentara Princess Anne I and II in summer of 2006, housing a full service emergency room, advanced diagnostic imaging, an array of physician offices, sports medicine and rehabilitation services, and a comprehensive cancer center. Other services to come include womens health services, a Sentara Heart Center, laboratory services, family focused wellness and recreational facilities, and ultimately a state-of-the-art hospital.

"On this campus, Sentara is addressing some of the most pressing health care needs of this growing community life-saving emergency care and surgical services closer to home," said Stephen D. Porter, vice president of Sentara Princes Anne Health Campus. "Valued physician specialists will have increased presence, making available some of the most advanced diagnostic imaging and medical treatments.

"The ability to plan a comprehensive health campus from the ground up is a unique opportunity. This surgery center in one key element of a visionary campus that will be flexible enough to accommodate tomorrows health care needs and technologies for the benefit of the community," said Howard P. Kern, Sentara president and chief operating officer.

Previously, most medical and diagnostic procedures were performed within a hospital. Now, the majority of these same services are increasingly provided on an outpatient basis. The design of Sentara Princess Anne Health Campus factors in patient convenience with the coming advances in medical care.

Todays approval marks the second such state authorization required for some health services at the Princess Anne Health Campus; Sentara and Virginia Oncology Associates jointly received approval in February 2004, for a cancer treatment center.

Highlights of Outpatient Surgery Center

-Approximately 17,276 square feet
-2 operating rooms
-1-2 special procedure rooms
-3,500 patients estimated during first year of operations

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