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 (Sentara RMH Medical Center) and affiliates join Sentara.
2011 – Martha Jefferson Hospital and affiliates join Sentara.
2011 – Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens.
2013 – Halifax Regional Health System (Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital) and affiliates join Sentara.
2014 – Albemarle Health (Sentara Albemarle Medical Center) joins Sentara Healthcare.