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Public Hearing Annoucement to Support St. Lukes Project 

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Friday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithfield Library


What:
    Public Hearing
When:   Friday, November 6, 2009 1:00p.m.
Where: Smithfield Library
               255 James Street
               Smithfield VA 23430

Sentara will be participating in a Public Hearing conducted by the Virginia Department of Health Staff as they review the competing Certificate of Public Need applications for Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the Isle of Wight community.

This is an opportunity for you to come and share your support for the Sentara Obici Hospital application! We encourage you to come and make your voice heard.

For easy reference, we’ve compiled the information below to give you all you need to know about our project, as well as about how Public Hearings are typically run.

Background:

In July 2009, Sentara submitted an official Certificate of Public Need (COPN) application to the State Health Commissioner’s office for approval to add an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) to the future Sentara St. Luke’s site in Isle of Wight County.

The proposed surgery center, comprised of one operating room and one procedure room, will complement the advanced imaging, physical therapy, urgent care, and physician offices planned for the Sentara St. Luke’s campus. In addition, the operating room would better serve patients who would find the location of an ASC in Isle of Wight County more accessible.

Sentara Obici Hospital has served Isle of Wight County, Smithfield and surrounding areas since it was founded over 50 years ago. Over 44% of the IOW residents seeking inpatient care choose Sentara Obici Hospital.

The population of Isle of Wight County is projected to increase 14.7% from 2008 to 2013, from approximately 33,687 residents to 38,657 residents. 

The State Health Commissioner makes the final decision as to whether to approve or deny any or all of the applications.

Tips for public hearings:

Just attending a Public Hearing is a great way to show your support for a project application. If you're comfortable, you can also prepare comments to share, as Public Hearings truly provide an important means for the community to provide input in the Commonwealth of Virginia's regulatory process. If you decide to speak, here are a few things to keep in mind:

You must sign-up to speak. Speakers are called on a first-come first-serve basis. Each person has a maximum of three minutes to provide comments.

Start by introducing yourself and where you live. When you introduce yourself, stress any expertise you might have on the subject or personal knowledge you have of the applicant.

Stay on topic. Share personal or local examples of the impact a Sentara Obici ambulatory surgery center would have in Isle of Wight County.

Encourage the reviewer to recommend approval of the Sentara Obici Hospital St. Luke's ASC project.

End the visit on a positive note. Thank the reviewer for the opportunity to speak and provide him with a copy of your comments for the record.

Sentara is dedicated to bringing needed healthcare services to the community, and we thank you in advance for your support!


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