Sentara Timeline

About Sentara Healthcare

About Sentara Healthcare

Growth at Sentara Healthcare through the years

1888 – Retreat for the Sick opens – forerunner to Norfolk General Hospital.

1892 – The Retreat for the Sick Training School for Nurses.

1972 – Virginia’s first merger of two non-profit hospitals (Norfolk General Hospital and Leigh Memorial Hospital merge to form Medical Center Hospitals).

1982 – Home Care forms (Sentara Home Care Services).

1982 – Nightingale Air Ambulance takes flight.

1983 – Medical Center Hospitals becomes Alliance Health System.

1983 – Life Care develops (Sentara Life Care).

1984 – Optima Health Plan is introduced.

1985 – Norfolk General Hospital becomes a Level 1 Trauma Center.

1987 – The system adopts the name Sentara Health System.

1988 – Hampton General Hospital affiliates with Sentara (Sentara CarePlex Hospital).

1991 – Bayside Hospital is acquired by Sentara (Sentara Independence).

1994 – Optima Family Care Medicaid HMO is introduced.

1995 – Sentara Medical Group forms.

1998 – Virginia Beach General Hospital and affiliates merge with Sentara (Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital).

1998 – New Sentara logo and name change to Sentara Healthcare.

1998 – Sentara Health Foundation is established.

2002 – Sentara CarePlex Hospital opens.

2002 – Williamsburg Community Hospital and affiliates merge with Sentara (Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center).

2006 – Sentara Heart Hospital opens.

2006 – Louise Obici Memorial Hospital joins Sentara (Sentara Obici Hospital).

2009 – Sentara School of Health Professions is renamed Sentara College of Health Sciences.

2009 – Potomac Hospital joins Sentara (Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center).

2011 – RMH Healthcare and affiliates join Sentara.

2011 – Martha Jefferson Hospital and affiliates join Sentara.

2011 – Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens.

2013 – Halifax Regional Health System and affiliates join Sentara.

2014 – Albemarle Health joins Sentara Healthcare.