New 'West Wing' And Sentara Heart Center Set to Open at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
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New 'West Wing' And Sentara Heart Center Set to Open at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital 

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A new era in patient care begins at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital when the first patients occupy the $29 million four-story West Wing and Sentara Heart Center on Saturday, October 1st. The first patients will be transferred between 6:15am and 7:30am.

The first thing patients will notice is all private rooms, says Les Donahue, FACHE, administrator of the hospital. These 108 new rooms offer private showers, wireless internet access and comfortable accommodations for family members who want to spend the night. Each floor of the West Wing also offers a family lounge with a kitchenette.

The West Wing will also be home to the Sentara Heart Center and 46 rooms are solely for cardiac patients, with a dedicated cardiac nursing staff.

"This will make our exceptional cardiac care an even better patient experience," says Jeff Hartenberg, Director of Cardiac Services at Beach General.  "The Sentara Heart Center will serve as a doorway to all cardiac services, with admitting, registration, outpatient prep and recovery areas all accessed through the West Wing main lobby," Hartenberg continues.

"Patients will receive the information and assistance they need for all phases of cardiac care," he said.

West Wing offers other services for patients, visitors
The main lobby of the West Wing will offer an expanded array of services for patients and visitors, including a spacious seating area, outpatient pharmacy, the Bistro at the Beach serving Starbucks beverages, a gift shop and the Community Health Resource Center.

The West Wing lobby will also feature a spectacular carved glass Legacy Wall tracing the 40-year history of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, a community art gallery and a player piano creating a soothing musical atmosphere.

West Wing prompts improvements for existing hospital
When the West Wing is occupied, work will begin to convert the majority of patient rooms in the existing hospital from semi-private to private. The entire hospital now offers wireless internet access in both new and existing patient rooms.

"We're preparing for the future," says administrator Les Donahue. "Between the new West Wing, Sentara Heart Center and improvements to the existing facility, were making a clear statement that Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital will be serving the city for decades to come."

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