– July 2, 2007
– Sentara Healthcare today filed a formal application with the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency and the Virginia Department of Health for a Certificate of Public Need (COPN) to build the 158-bed Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach.
“We’ve already achieved a comprehensive mix of services at Sentara Princess Anne
,” says Steve Porter, vice president and administrator of the Sentara Princess Anne campus. “A new hospital will complete the master plan we developed in partnership with the city over the last seven years.”
Sentara plans to relocate 158 licensed inpatient beds from Sentara Bayside Hospital to Princess Anne and to develop an outpatient campus at Bayside, including a 24-hour emergency department, advanced imaging, physical therapy and other services.
Sentara Princess Anne will be a state-of-the-art acute care hospital, ideally placed to serve the fast-growing health care needs of southern Virginia Beach. Combined with Sentara’s reputation for quality, superior clinical outcomes, patient safety, board-certified physicians and advanced technologies such as eICU® and Sentara eCare®, plus a patient-centered approach to care, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will be an asset to the quality of life for southern Virginia Beach residents.
“Sentara has a long-standing relationship with Virginia Beach and the plan for Princess Anne has always included a hospital,” Porter continues. “In planning for this important step, we have sought input from community leaders and have worked collaboratively with our medical staffs, city representatives, and area residents.” Comprehensive health campus already at Princess Anne
Sentara Princess Anne currently consists of a free-standing 24-hour emergency department staffed by the same board certified emergency physicians who serve Sentara hospitals. More than 20,000 patients visited the ER during its first nine months of operation. There is also outpatient surgery, advanced diagnostic imaging, a pharmacy and lab and a variety of primary care and specialty physicians ranging from cancer to cardiac, women’s health, pediatrics, orthopedics, general surgery and ear, nose and throat.
A medical office building for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, including an outpatient surgery center, is currently under construction. Future plans call for a YMCA with a cardiac rehab component, health-related retail stores, restaurants and other amenities.
“Sentara Princess Anne is designed to serve the whole person and the whole family,” Steve Porter concludes. “We think this is the heath care campus Virginia Beach has in mind for its future.” 35/2007