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RMH-Sentara Merger Finalized 

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RMH retains local identiy, community focus

Harrisonburg, VA (April 21, 2011) -- RMH officials announced today that the RMH Healthcare merger with Sentara Healthcare is finalized and the official closing date for the transaction is expected to be around May 1.

“Routine filings need to take place, and we expect these to be completed around May 1,” said Jim Krauss, president of RMH Healthcare. “Then RMH will officially be a proud member of the Sentara Healthcare system. We are pleased to be bringing together the best of our two organizations to meet the healthcare needs of our local community. Sentara is positioned to assure that we fulfill our vision of providing exceptional quality and compassionate care for every person, every family, every day.”

RMH will become the ninth hospital in the Sentara Healthcare system of not-for-profit hospitals, Krauss noted.

“Sentara shares our focus on patient safety and quality and is committed to helping us expand our programs and services,” he said. “Sentara also has 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 help safeguard RMH’s future with investments in programs and services to meet the needs of a growing community.

“We are delighted to be officially in Harrisonburg, partnering with RMH Healthcare to improve health every day in this vibrant community,” said Sentara CEO David Bernd. “Together, our strengths in the delivery of high-quality healthcare will enable us to meet the evolving health needs of this community for generations to come. In addition, Sentara is committed to keeping the community’s generous donations to RMH local. All funds raised through the RMH Foundation will remain local and serve to meet RMH’s mission.”

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

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

Krauss added, “As we enter a new and exciting phase in the life of RMH, it is important to remember that we are still RMH -- our community's healthcare provider, committed to our mission to improve health and promote well being -- with the support of a new partner who shares that mission.”

About RMH Healthcare
RMH Healthcare operates Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH), the RMH Wellness Center and the RMH Medical Group, located in Harrisonburg, Va. RMH is a 238-bed community hospital that has been providing healthcare services since 1912. Serving a seven-county area with a population of more than 200,000, the 238-bed hospital admits more than 15,500 inpatients annually and delivers close to 1,750 babies per year.

RMH averages more than 18,000 surgical procedures annually, and the RMH Hahn Cancer Center provides more than 16,000 cancer treatments per year. The RMH Emergency Department treats more than 70,000 patients per year. The RMH Medical Group is comprised of more than 80 physicians and other providers. RMH is accredited by The Joint Commission. Learn more at www.rmhonline.com

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 and as the #1 most integrated healthcare system for the last two years.

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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