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Potomac Hospital, Sentara Healthcare Affiliation Finalized 

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Sentara Potomac Hospital retains local identity, community roots

Woodbridge, Va. – The affiliation of Potomac Hospital and Sentara Healthcare is official. Potomac Hospital is now Sentara Potomac Hospital, having received approvals from the Federal Trade Commission and the Virginia Attorney General.

“We’re extremely happy to be a part of the Sentara Healthcare System,” says Potomac Board Chairman Marion Wall. “This partnership will help Potomac continue to provide high quality care to our community. We’re joining an organization that is working toward being among the top ten percent in the nation and we here at Potomac can help make that happen.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the Prince William community and to serve northern Virginia,” says David L. Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare.  “We are looking forward to helping Sentara Potomac Hospital continue its community mission.” 

 “Sentara shares our focus on patient safety and quality and is committed to helping us expand our programs and services,” says Bill Flannagan, president and CEO of Sentara Potomac Hospital.  “Sentara is also an Employer of Choice® with high employee satisfaction, low turnover and a culture that fosters excellent patient care and customer service, so I think we’ve picked a great partner.”

Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare will safeguard Potomac Hospital’s future with investments in infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing community.

As part of the agreement, Sentara will invest $92 million in a healthcare foundation to help address unmet and underserved healthcare needs of Prince William area residents.  

“This new monetary support from Sentara allows the Potomac Health Foundation to focus on creating partnerships with community groups and grants for solutions to health needs,” says Bill Moss, executive director of the Potomac Health Foundation.  “We can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Conclusion of the agreement marks the beginning of a transition period which could take up to a year as Sentara Healthcare and Potomac Hospital integrate operations, IT technologies, business practices and workplace cultures.

“This will be an exciting time for all of us,” says David Bernd of Sentara.  “We’re looking forward to having Potomac Hospital in the Sentara family.”  


About Sentara Potomac Hospital
Sentara Potomac Hospital is a 183-bed, not-for-profit community hospital serving Prince William County and its surrounding communities. The mission of Sentara Potomac Hospital is to identify healthcare needs and enhance the health of our community members regardless of race, color, religion, creed or ability to pay. Sentara Potomac Hospital offers a wide range of medical specialties, a highly qualified medical and clinical staff, and state-of-the-art technology required to uphold our mission. Sentara Potomac Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

About Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare is acknowledged as a leader in patient safety and quality innovation, which continues with the multi-year implementation of Sentara eCare®, a comprehensive electronic medical record. Founded in 1888 as the Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, Virginia, Sentara has been ranked for more than a decade among the nation’s top 10 most integrated healthcare systems by Modern Healthcare magazine. Sentara, a not-for-profit health system, operates more than 100 sites of care in Virginia and North Carolina, including eight hospitals, rehabilitation and advanced imaging centers, ambulatory campuses and a 380-member medical group, home care and hospice services, medical transport ambulances and the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance.  Optima Health, an award-winning Sentara-owned health plan, serves 418,000 members.  Learn more at www.sentara.com

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