Norfolk, VA - February 7, 2006 - Sentara Healthcare ranks 3rd among the Top 100 integrated health care networks in the nation, according to Verispan, a respected healthcare information provider whose annual survey is published in Modern Healthcare magazine. Sentara Healthcare is the only organization to be in the top 10 since the IHN 100 surveys inception nine years ago.
"Much of what we do with system integration is focused on improving patient care and safety," says David Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare. "We think this consistently high ranking means were doing well by our patients, and thats our most important measure."
The IHN 100 survey covers an array of factors, including hospital and outpatient utilization, technology integration, available services, access for patients and financial stability.
Sentara Healthcare made major strides in technology integration during 2005 by committing more than $225 million over five years to developing an electronic medical record system (EMR).
Sentara hospitals also devised new internal systems for improving inpatient bed flow and triage times in emergency departments.
The company provided $85 million in uncompensated medical care, direct aid to medical education and community health education during the year and committed an additional $25 million to Eastern Virginia Medical School to assist with accreditation and residencies targeted at future specialty needs.
Sentara Healthcare also developed additional outpatient surgery and imaging capabilities and announced plans with Obici Hospital in Suffolk for a merger, which will expand Sentaras network to seven hospitals. The state-of-the-art Sentara Heart Hospital at Sentara Norfolk General opens February 25th.
"Integration makes us a stronger system," says David Bernd. "A stronger system means better services for patients, and were proud to be among the most integrated networks in the nation."