Expansion as Sentara Port Warwick Opens June 26
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June 15, 2006 - Newport News, VA- Sentara Port Warwick II - the 2nd phase of Sentara's outpatient campus off Jefferson Avenue - opens Monday, June 26 with a brand new ambulatory surgery center. An expanded emergency department relocates to a new building on the campus, June 25.

Totaling 57,000 square feet, the $10 million Sentara Port Warwick II offers a combination of new and relocated services. The relocated emergency department features16 larger treatment rooms and a more efficient format, offering patients quicker service by the same board-certified emergency physicians who serve Sentara CarePlex Hospital. Without any disruption of service, the emergency department opens in its new location on the Port Warwick campus, 1031 Loftis Boulevard, Sunday, June 25 with its normal hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new emergency department phone number is 736-9800.

Other services relocated to Sentara Port Warwick II include endoscopy, laboratory, and upgraded imaging services including a new 32-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner for quicker imaging of body tissue and organs.

"With hospitals tending to sicker patients, more health care services can be rendered in quieter, more convenient outpatient settings. We're providing this unique service to Peninsula patients," says Administrator of Sentara CarePlex Hospital Megan Perry, who oversees Sentara Port Warwick.

New to the campus will be outpatient surgery and lithotripsy services that pulverize kidney stones with shock waves instead of through traditional surgery. Beginning June 26, dozens of board certified surgeons already practicing at Sentara CarePlex Hospital will perform surgeries in the ambulatory surgery centers two operating rooms. Nearly 900 outpatient procedures are expected to be performed during the rest of 2006, including orthopedics, lithotripsy, podiatry, gynecology, ear nose and throat procedures, general, vascular and minimally invasive weight loss surgeries, as well as cancer care.

In addition to 2 operating rooms, the ambulatory surgery center features 2 endoscopy procedure rooms, 16 Surgical Prep/Recovery Rooms, and a 5-bed post anesthesia care unit.

With the addition of the surgery center, Sentara Port Warwick offers Peninsula patients a unique experiencetrue comprehensive outpatient care that combines surgery, emergency and imaging in one convenient outpatient setting.

Community Open House. Sentara is hosting a Community Open House Saturday, June 17, 2006, from noon to 2 p.m. featuring tours, screenings, fun, childrens activities and much more.

About Sentara Port Warwick. Sentara Port Warwick is the Peninsulas only comprehensive outpatient campus, located on 15 acres at the entrance to Port Warwick at 11803 Jefferson Avenue.

Sentara Port Warwick I opened July 2002, with the areas only freestanding emergency department, diagnostic services, physical therapy, and primary and specialty physician offices. In 2003, the Peninsulas only hyperbaric oxygen therapy center opened. Plans for Sentara Port Warwick III include a Comprehensive Cancer Center with Sentaras partner Virginia Oncology Associates.


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