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Williamsburg, Virginia May 18, 2006 As part of an initiative to provide exceptional access to emergency heart services, Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital (SWCH) is pleased to announce the addition of Timothy T. Catchings, M.D., FCCP to its cardiac care team. Dr. Catchings joins Sentara Medical Groups Colonial Cardiology office. Most recently he served as the director of the Chest Pain Center and Coronary ICU at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital School of Medicine.

Dr. Catchings brings a wealth of cardiac experience to the region, said Robert Graves, administrator of Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital. His expertise further strengthens patient access to specialized emergency cardiac services and brings us further in our mission to provide world-class treatment for heart disease to the greater Williamsburg community.

Dr. Catchings earned his doctor of medicine degree from Emory University in Atlanta and completed an internship in internal medicine with Medical College of Georgia Affiliated Hospitals, followed by a residency in internal medicine with Naval Regional Medical Center, and a Pulmonary Disease Critical Care Fellowship at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth. His additional training includes Cardiovascular Disease Fellowships at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. A retired captain from the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Catchings recently served as Director of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital School of Medicine.

The possibility of helping provide state-of-the-art cardiovascular disease treatment in the wonderful and historic community of Williamsburg is something I have been looking forward to, said Catchings. I am excited to be part of such a progressive health care team dedicated to the advancement of heart health services.

Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital, which merged with Sentara in 2002, is a 139-bed hospital serving upper Peninsula residents and tourists with emergency, surgical, cardiac, and cancer services. The hospital specializes in medicine, surgery and obstetrics. It also features complete diagnostic and imaging services, cardiac care, a cancer treatment center, pediatrics and orthopedics. Other services include home health, emergency services, a hospitalist program, and community health education.

Sentara Healthcare, a premier not-for-profit health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, is comprised of more than 87 sites of care including 7 acute care hospitals, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, 2 outpatient care campuses, and a 265 physician medical group.

Sentara also offers a full range of award-winning health coverage plans, home health and hospice services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, mobile diagnostic vans, and ground and air medical transport services, including Nightingale -- the region's only air ambulance service.

Striving to improve health every day, Sentara continues to participate in national and international research trials as a means to increase the medical options available to patients well into the future.

Most recently, Sentara opened the region's only dedicated heart hospital -- Sentara Heart Hospital -- in 2006 and implemented the nations first life-saving intensive care monitoring system (eICU) in 2000.

In 2006 Sentara was recognized as No. 3 in the U.S. for integration of services, making it the only health care system to be ranked among the nations top 10 by Modern Healthcare magazine, all nine years of the survey.


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