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Suffolk, VA -  March 21, 2007 -- Today, officials from Sentara Healthcare, the City of Suffolk and Temple Beth El broke ground for Sentara BelleHarbour – the new, comprehensive outpatient medical center that Sentara is constructing off Route 17 (Bridge Road) near the Bennett’s Creek section of north Suffolk.

Rosemary C. Check, Administrator of Sentara Obici Hospital, presided at the ceremony. Greetings from Sentara Healthcare were offered by Howard P. Kern, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sentara Healthcare. The Honorable Linda Johnson, Mayor of Suffolk, shared remarks on this latest economic development venture in North Suffolk. Additional remarks were made by Rabbi Phillip E. McNeil, Chairman of the Temple Beth El, Redevelopment Committee, Dr. Lynne W. Stockman of North Suffolk Family Medicine and Kurt Hofelich, Vice President of Ambulatory Services of Sentara.

Log on to for a virtual video “tour” of Sentara BelleHarbour and the groundbreaking ceremony.

Less than one mile west of the I-664 and Rt. 17 interchange, Sentara BelleHarbour will be within reach of residents in the tri-city area of Suffolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake. The campus is centrally located to improve access to emergency services for residents in other western Tidewater communities such as Isle of Wight County.

“We recognize that residents of North Suffolk need and deserve quality healthcare locally,” said Howard Kern, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sentara Healthcare. “Sentara BelleHarbour will offer residents the same noteworthy health care services other communities have come to expect from Sentara in this convenient, new location.”

First to open will be a three-story, 75,000-square-foot facility offering a full-service 24-hour emergency department, advanced imaging, laboratory, physical therapy, a sport medicine center and physician offices.

Primary care and specialty physicians will have offices on-site in the first phase to support the medical needs of the emerging residential and business community in that area. Cornerstone to the physician practices is North Suffolk Family Medicine, a family practice group established by Dr. Lynne W. Stockman, which has been serving patients in this area since 1995.

“We greatly value our relationship with Sentara Healthcare and their strong commitment to our community” said Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson. “Their continued investment in Suffolk demonstrates how dedicated they are to ensuring the best medical care possible within the City. As Suffolk continues to grow, we value the fact that Sentara is willing to grow with us to meet our health care needs.”

Opening of the first building is expected in spring 2008.

Obici Hospital, a 138-bed acute care hospital, has served Suffolk and the greater western Tidewater communities since 1951. In 2006, it merged with Sentara Healthcare, a premier not-for-profit health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Sentara Healthcare is comprised of acute care hospitals, outpatient care campuses, nursing centers, assisted living centers and primary care practices.

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