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Region's First Dedicated Orthopedic Hospital to Open Early 2010

September 23, 2008 – Hampton, Virginia - Construction begins on an expansion at Sentara CarePlex Hospital dedicated exclusively to orthopedic services. Anticipated to open in early 2010, the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex will be the region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital.

The Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex, a nearly 55,000 square-foot, two-story addition, will provide patients access to the full complement of orthopedic services from pre-habilitation and surgery to rehabilitation and home care services.

Specialized surgical orthopedic care will be provided through board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians from the largest orthopedic group on the Peninsula, Tidewater Orthopaedic Associates. Known for sub-specialization, the group offers patients expertise in total joint replacement, hand and upper extremity care, spine surgery, shoulder surgery, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma care and orthopedic research.

“Sentara CarePlex Hospital has grown beyond our expectations. The next phase of our investment in the health of this community is through the new Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex. Expanded orthopedic services and increased capacity throughout the hospital will serve Peninsula patients well,” says Debra Flores, administrator at Sentara CarePlex Hospital.

Hampton Mayor Molly Ward participated in a groundbreaking ceremony held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at Sentara CarePlex Hospital at 3000 Coliseum Drive in the parking lot nearest the intersection of Coliseum Drive and Hampton Roads Center Parkway.

“We are extremely proud of the hospital’s legacy and its contribution to the wellness of Hampton’s citizens. This dedicated orthopedic hospital with its enhanced services will continue the tradition that Sentara has established of providing excellent health care,” says Molly Ward, mayor of the city of Hampton.

Adjoining Sentara CarePlex Hospital on its north side at the current York River entrance, the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex will open with 18 private beds dedicated to orthopedic care. Consolidation of orthopedic services in the new addition will allow for enhancements to other hospital programs and create bed capacity within CarePlex. Patients may be admitted faster, especially those entering the hospital through one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, second only to Inova’s in Northern Virginia.

Representing years of planning and an estimated $20 million investment to address increased need for orthopedic services among rapidly aging Peninsula residents, the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex will be staffed by a dedicated orthopedic team of doctors, nurses, operating room staff and multidisciplinary clinicians caring exclusively for orthopedic patients. The staff will pursue specialized orthopedic credentialing, and the hospital will seek a quality orthopedic certification from The Joint Commission, a national accrediting body for health care organizations whose designation reflects programs with superior outcomes.

Patients and their families will have access to the full complement of inpatient and outpatient orthopedic services at the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex. The design reflects added convenience and easy access to services such as operating rooms and procedure rooms devoted to orthopedic patients to be located on the first floor and all private, inpatient beds on the second floor.

Recent studies suggest concentrating orthopedic services improves program outcomes such as lengths of stay and mortality.

The expansion at Sentara CarePlex Hospital nearly coincides with the hospital’s six-year anniversary. Since opening its doors late 2002, Sentara CarePlex Hospital has increased Peninsula access to physicians by nearly doubling its medical staff across numerous specialties. Cancer program enhancements include the opening of the region’s first comprehensive breast center at Sentara Port Warwick, and new health services now available on the Peninsula include the addition of life-saving emergency heart catheterizations and the opening of the Sentara Advanced Vascular Treatment Center.

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