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Sentara Heart Hospital Opens February 25 

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Larry Cullen in his new room at
Sentara Heart Hospital.
Norfolk, Va
.-February 27, 2006 - Starting at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, February 2579 heart patients were rolled from their rooms in Norfolk General to Sentara Heart Hospital the regions only dedicated heart hospital.

Sentara Vice President of Cardiac, Vascular and Transplant Services Lynn Holder orchestrated the efforts of multiple clinical teamssome designated to transport patients to the new hospital while others settled patients into their new rooms. From the command center in the new hospital using two-way radios and telephonesheart patients from four patient care areas of Norfolk General moved on her command.

The first patient through the doors of the $94.5 million Sentara Heart Hospital was Larry Cullen, a former 4th grade school teacher from Frisco on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Cullen was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital before the scheduled move with life-threatening heart rhythms and wound up being the first patient to make the move.

"You've got to trust the people who are working with you.  And this is the place to be for heart care," says Cullen.

Cullen made the transition in the comfort of his hospital bed, whisked down connecting corridors by five clinicians in purple Sentara Heart Hospital Move Team T-shirts. Every precaution was taken to assure a safe transition of the heart patients, and nurses on the transport team were there to respond quickly if any patient experienced difficulty.

Cullen arrived safe and sound and was impressed by the hotel quality of his new room and the view it offered of the Elizabeth River.
 
Sentara Heart Hospital is a 6-story facility devoted to heart care. Located on the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital campus, the state-of-the-art heart hospital adjoins River Pavilion on three floors and enables heart patients to receive comprehensive servicesfrom diagnostics and interventional cardiology to open-heart surgery and transplantationall under one roof.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country for heart care. In the 2005 U.S. News & World Report ranking, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was named among the nations top 25 heart programs with better outcomes than 9 of the top 10 heart programs in the country.

By building on the successes of the program, Sentara is leveraging its cardiac resources to research, educate, prevent and treat the nationsand Hampton Roadsnumber one killer.

"Aside from providing some of the best quality heart care in the nation, we're offering hospitality and conveniences we hope will immediately put families and patients at ease," Holder said.

With the feel of a home living room, waiting areas are stocked with comfortable seating, recliners, and Internet accessible computers to help families pass the time productively. A quiet room, lockers for their belongings, and a two-story water wall offer a calming effect for families.

"Sentara Heart Hospital is a nice addition to the region. It's exciting to showcase one of the best heart programs in the country," said Holder. "And having the latest technology inside will keep us on the cutting edge," she continued.

Just inside the new hospitals main lobby is an advanced imaging center with the regions first commercially available 64-slice computerized tomography or CT scanner expected to be used for heart imaging early this summer. With imaging capabilities so fast, this CT can stop a beating heart to capture an image of the moving heart muscle and its coronary arteriessomething that would have previously required more invasive procedures. 
 
Sentara Heart Hospital features all private rooms, including 112 licensed inpatient beds and 45 pre/post procedural rooms dedicated to patients undergoing interventional cardiac procedures. With 5 smart voice-activated cardiac operating rooms, the new heart hospital has been designed to accommodate 2,000 heart surgeries annually.  Patients will also benefit from the regions only cardiac eICU offering round-the- clock electronic monitoring of heart patients, 6 cardiac catheterization labs with capacity to handle about  2,000 catheterization procedures annually, and 3 electrophysiology (EP) labs.

Since the inception of Sentaras cardiac program in 1967, Sentara clinicians and doctors have performed more than 39,000 open-heart surgeries, more than 130,000 interventional procedures and more than 245 heart transplants.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital became the first Hampton Roads hospital to implant a drug-eluting stent in 2003 using the latest in interventional cardiology devices to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospitals cardiac program ranked 23rd out of the top 50 U.S. hospitals named for cardiac care excellence in the 2005 survey by U.S. News & World Report, the only hospital in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina to earn a place in the survey.

As part of its comprehensive heart program, Sentara developed the first cardiovascular research institute in the region, and Sentara continues to make a significant commitment to research, providing its patients the latest treatment options. For more information about the Sentara Heart Program, call 1-800-SENTARA or visit www.sentara.com/heart
 

(15/2006)




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