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Norfolk, Virginia (May 30, 2012) – Sentara Healthcare officials recently announced several changes in leadership.


Mary L. Blunt
, corporate vice president and president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, has been named corporate vice president, Peninsula. In this expanded role, she assumes regional leadership for the Peninsula region hospitals and their affiliated outpatient facilities, including Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. She will also retain organizational leadership for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the health system’s 525-bed tertiary care facility.

Additionally, Blunt is responsible for service lines including, cardiac, vascular, and neurosciences.

She has held numerous positions since joining Sentara in 1987, including vice president of operations at various hospitals and president of Sentara Life Care, the long term care division.

Mary Blunt, Corporate Vice President, Peninsula


Michael Gentry, corporate vice president Southside, retains regional leadership for Sentara southside hospitals and their affiliated outpatient facilities, including Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, as well as Sentara Life Care.  As part of his broadened responsibilities, Gentry assumes leadership for Sentara Obici Hospital and Sentara Enterprises.

Gentry also serves in a service line leadership capacity for orthopedics and cancer. He joined Sentara in 2008. Starting in 2010, Gentry oversaw the construction of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, which opened in August 2011.

 Mike Gentry, Corporate Vice President Southside
Kurt Hofelich, has been named president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and will be responsible for the day-to-day hospital operations.  Hofelich, who was named president of Sentara Obici Hospital in June 2010, has been with Sentara since 1992 and has held a number of posts within the organization, including vice president/division executive of Sentara Ambulatory Operations and Rehabilitation. He has extensive experience in hospital operations, ambulatory development, program development and physician relationship management.  Kurt Hofelich, President of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital


Steven Julian, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at Sentara Obici Hospital, has been named interim president of Sentara Obici Hospital.

Thomas Thames, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, has been named interim president there.

Sentara has begun its recruitment process for the vacant president positions.  

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