Mary Blunt Named Administrator, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
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Norfolk, VASeptember 5, 2007 – Mary L. Blunt, president of Sentara Life Care and Rehabilitation, has been named corporate vice president and administrator of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Blunt currently presides over seven nursing centers and three assisted living centers as well as Sentara’s PACE and Senior Day Care programs and the Sentara Rehabilitation Network.

“I’m excited at the opportunity to lead this great hospital,” Blunt says. “It’s like coming home.”

Blunt began as an administrative fellow at Sentara Norfolk General in 1987 and rose steadily in experience and responsibility there, including director of Medical Records and director of Radiology. Blunt also served as vice president of Sentara Bayside Hospital and Sentara Southside Hospitals, before being named president of Sentara Life Care in 1999.

“Mary brings a wealth of diverse experience to this position,” says Howard Kern, president and chief operating officer of Sentara Healthcare. “Sentara Norfolk General is a highly-specialized environment and I know Mary will take it to the next level.”

Sentara Norfolk General a large, high-intensity hospital
Sentara Norfolk General, with 563 licensed beds, is a tertiary care* teaching hospital with the region’s only Level I Trauma Center and burn-trauma unit, the nationally-ranked Sentara Heart Hospital, the region’s only heart, kidney and pancreas transplant programs and a certified primary stroke center. It is also home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, the Hospital for Extended Recovery and Sentara’s eICU control center, as well as specialized programs in urology, nephrology, neurosurgery and bariatrics as well as a Level II infant nursery.

Sentara Norfolk General also works in partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, which share the campus.

“Large urban hospitals face a number of challenges,” Mary Blunt admits. “Indigent care, government reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid and disaster readiness are all significant issues, as well as maintaining a patient-centered model of care in a high-intensity environment.  However, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Blunt holds a MHA in health administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a BS in physical therapy from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives (ACHE.) She was recently elected to the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and chairs the AHA Advisory Council on Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation.
Blunt replaces Bruce Holstien, who left Sentara after nine years to be CEO of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas. She will begin on Monday, September 24th.

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