Culture and Mission

About Sentara Healthcare

About Sentara Healthcare

At only five words long, the mission of Sentara Healthcare is easy to remember: We improve health every day. While some may see this as our simple goal, we extend it as our promise. Whether it’s a patient who has called one of our Sentara Medical Group providers for help with a chronic illness, someone who needs emergency care at one of our hospitals, or a community member whose first encounter with Sentara is at a free health screening, we want to help everyone.

Our Mission
We improve health every day.

People, Quality, Patient Safety, Service and Integrity

To be the healthcare choice of the communities we serve

As a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system, we focus on giving back to those we serve. We reinvest income from operations back into meeting our community’s health needs and improving our care. Each year, we donate uncompensated care for those who need it most, doing what we can for those without financial resources and ensuring they receive the same medical guidance and treatment as other patients, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Since our earliest days, we have led the way by investing in innovative techniques, collaborations and procedures. Innovation happens in different ways, beyond our care centers’ walls, too, as we partner with community organizations who find unique ways to educate and treat those who might never know Sentara otherwise. Through our foundations, we fund groups who work directly with individuals needing medical care and information on how to improve their own health.

Learn more:
Our history
Commitment to the community
Awards and recognitions