- August 16, 2007
– Since opening its doors to the community one year ago, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
has seen marked increases in inpatient volumes; and continuing growth among programs and services to the community. A Regional Medical Asset
With inpatient volumes at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center up about 11% over last year’s volumes, the regional medical center has proven to be just that.
“While volumes have increased from all our traditional service areas, we are now beginning to see more dramatic growth from some of our outer service areas,” said Robert Graves, vice president and administrator of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. “Our accessibility on this new campus has improved our ability to serve a more expansive geographic area.”
In addition to volumes, Sentara has been able to foster the development of several new services, as well as expand many of the services that were implemented prior to the hospital’s relocation. The hospital’s cardiac intervention program remains strong, with continued growth and excellent outcomes for emergency heart attack patients. After receiving state approval last fall, Sentara opened a new inpatient acute rehabilitation unit on the hospital’s fourth floor. Pediatric services have been redesigned and improved for the hospital’s smallest patients.
“We’ve worked with the physicians on our medical staff to help improve and build programs that meet our community’s health care needs,” Graves added. A Continued Focus on Outpatient Services
Additionally, there are many new outpatient programs that have been introduced or relocated to the hospital campus in order to provide optimal service to the community. The Heartburn Treatment Center provides coordinated care for the many patients suffering from gastrointestinal reflux; the Sleep Wellness Center has been relocated to the first floor of the Geddy Outpatient Center; and the Community Health Education Center, which offers diabetes self management training and medical nutrition therapy, expanded its offerings and relocated inside the main hospital entrance.
“Our vision when we decided to move included more than just a bigger, better hospital; we wanted to create an entire campus devoted to health and wellness,” says Graves. “We are beginning to see that vision take shape as we open additional buildings and attract complementary programs.” A Campus Devoted to Health and Wellness
In the last year, Sentara has opened a new medical office building beside the Geddy Outpatient Center. Doing so allowed the hospital to attract Virginia Oncology Associates to the building and DeVida Dialysis Services, a new outpatient dialysis service. The R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA opened on the campus in February, offering family-based programming designed to promote wellness. The YMCA building also houses Sentara’s outpatient Physical Therapy and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab (CARES) Programs. Looking Ahead
With so much to celebrate in its first year, the leadership at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is hardly slowing down. Physician recruitment and program development are key focus areas for the hospital moving forward.
“We continue to focus on our mission to improve health every day and ways we can grow and improve our current offerings, as well as examine new approaches to deliver the best health care to the community,” says Graves. “The community should be proud of its regional medical center as we look forward to celebrating our successes for many, many years to come.” 45/2007