Our History: 1800s

About Sentara Healthcare

About Sentara Healthcare

1800s: Small Beginnings

Sentara Healthcare started small in 1888 as the 25-bed Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, Virginia. The staff’s mission was to provide the best medical care possible, and as they did, word spread about the dedicated, effective care provided in the hospital, just one of 200 in the country at the time.

A forward-thinking educator who was determined to help the sick and poor of the community established the Hampton Training School for Nurses in June of 1891. A year later, the hospital was moved to accommodate the influx of patients, and renamed Dixie Hospital.

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