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June 11, 2008 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
. Construction begins on Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, a 5-story, 120-bed acute care hospital to be located on the Sentara Princess Anne health campus at 2000 Glenn Mitchell Drive. Anticipated to open in 2010, the new hospital represents the culmination of more than 20 years of planning and an investment of approximately $145 million in the structure and equipment to bring a hospital to southern Virginia Beach communities.


A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at the site of the future hospital, across from the current emergency department at 1975 Glenn Mitchell Drive in Virginia Beach.

As early as 2010, southern Virginia Beach residents can anticipate the opening of this state-of-the-art, acute care hospital built for the future. When its doors open, this 330,400 s.f. hospital will complement the convenient outpatient services already being provided at Sentara Princess Anne. Currently licensed for 120 beds, this hospital will offer comprehensive surgical procedures, intensive care, advanced cardiac care, and a dedicated family maternity center, fulfilling the vision for the campus.

Preliminary Rendering of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.
“About 20 years ago Sentara recognized that growth and plans for southern Virginia Beach would demand health services and ultimately a full service hospital to serve area residents. We are committed to opening this hospital as quickly as possible to meet that need,” says Stephen D. Porter, vice president of Sentara Princess Anne. “The more than 60,000 emergencies we’ve tended to at our freestanding emergency department at Princess Anne only confirm what we’ve know. The people living along the Princess Anne Corridor need a hospital.”

Sentara Princess Anne

Sentara began creating one of the area’s most comprehensive health care destinations when it broke ground on the 72-acre outpatient campus in April 2005. Today, Sentara Princess Anne health campus is bustling with thousands of patients each year seeking everything from emergency care to outpatient surgery. A total of three medical office buildings house an Advanced Imaging Center, 24-hour, freestanding emergency department, comprehensive cancer treatment center, sports medicine and rehabilitation services, women’s services, central testing, laboratory services, a retail pharmacy, and primary and specialty physician offices.

Shared Vision for Princess Anne Hospital dates back to 1950s
A hospital to serve the Princess Anne Corridor started as a dream in 1956 of James Guzzy, a well-known oceanfront hotel owner and philanthropist. In 1988 Sentara submitted its first application to the state for a hospital, recognizing the imminent growth of that area. In 2002—nearly 50 years after his death—the $2.8 million Guzzy estate gift became the first gift to the Sentara Princess Anne campus and contributed to Sentara’s two-decade-long effort to fulfill the need of a hospital in the southern tip of the Commonwealth’s largest city. In March 2008, the state health commissioner’s decision is making this hospital a reality for thousands of residents living near Sentara’s campus.

“Families deserve the full complement of health care services nearby, says Stephen D. Porter, vice president, Sentara Princess Anne.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled having Sentara’s campus close to our community and saving lives, says George Davis, president of West Neck Community Association. “One of those lives turned out to be my wife’s. She had a heart attack and if that emergency department wasn’t there, my wife would not be with me today. I am more than grateful.”

Sentara Bayside Hospital
Sentara Bayside Hospital will continue to serve as a full service, acute care hospital until the anticipated opening of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in 2010. At that time, Sentara Bayside campus will transform into a vibrant, outpatient campus, offering its neighboring community an array of the much-needed services including a full-service, 24-hour emergency department, advanced diagnostics such as MRI, CT scans and mammography services, laboratory services, physical therapy and more to support the health needs of that community.

For more details about the new hospital and services at Sentara Princess Anne, refer to the fact sheet.

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