Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will consolidate maternity services, NICU
Sentara Bayside Hospital will transition to ‘Sentara Independence’ campus
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital will retain trauma, tertiary care role
Virginia Beach, VA (February 24, 2011) – The opening of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in August 2011 begins a well-planned realignment of Sentara medical campuses and services in Virginia Beach to meet the needs of a changing community.
The new hospital will include a consolidated Family & Maternity unit and a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) relocated from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.
“Most of the families having babies in Virginia Beach live south of I-264,” says Steve Porter, vice president and administrator of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. “It makes good clinical sense to accommodate that trend and move those services closer to the majority of women who will use them.”
About twice as many women of childbearing age live within five miles of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital as opposed to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. A number of OB/GYN physicians are relocating their practices to deliver babies at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.
The NICU at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will feature private rooms with family accommodations, outside windows for natural light and noise attenuation, including remote monitor alarms to avoid stress to fragile newborns.
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will also feature a 16-bed intensive care unit linked to Sentara eICU, cardiovascular services with a cardiac catheterization lab for elective services, six operating rooms and a fixed CT scanner. The hospital will also be part of the Sentara eCare® Health Network, an industry-leading electronic medical record that links all other Sentara campuses and Sentara Medical Group physician practices in Hampton Roads.
Sentara Bayside Hospital to become ‘Sentara Independence’ campus
The transition of Sentara Bayside Hospital to the Sentara Independence outpatient campus will take place after Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens in August, 2011. At that time, Sentara Independence will become an outpatient campus of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.
Medical services at Sentara Independence will include a 24-hour ambulance-accessible free-standing emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, advanced imaging, a screening laboratory, physical therapy and a 6-bed certified sleep center. Additional clinical and non-clinical programs are being evaluated.
“This represents an exciting new future for this campus,” says Raymond Troiano, M.D., vice president and administrator of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and the Sentara Independence campus. “The new name for the campus and the services offered reflect the continuing commitment of Sentara to the Independence Boulevard community.”
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital retains specialty care role
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital will continue its vital role as the city’s trauma and tertiary care center, able to serve the most complex patients in the city. Specialty services will continue to include open heart surgery and interventional cardiology, vascular and urology services, neurosurgery, a primary stroke center, orthopedic surgery, inpatient rehabilitation and other specialized services.
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