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Region and Population Served
Sentara services residents of Virginia and North Carolina, with a primary focus on the more than 2 million residents in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The population is roughly 50 percent male, 50 percent female, with more than one third of the population represented by people 65 and over.

Large Patient Base
Sentara Medical Group, a division of Sentara Healthcare, brings together 350 of the area's leading primary care specialist physicians.

Sentara Medical Group includes:

Family medicine and internal medicine physicians
Pediatric physicians
Urgent care services
Occupational medicine
Specialties including dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics and sports medicine, pulmonary and critical care, rheumatology, vascular and urology

Together, they provide access to a patient base of more than 258,000 patients. State-of-the-art computer systems, such as LOGITIAN, improve patient care through the electronic medical record and advanced care tracking mechanisms. Additionally, it allows patients to be quickly identified as potential participants who may benefit from specific clinical trials. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

Infectious disease
Pain Management
Rheumatoid arthritis
Women's health

In addition to the physician practices, Sentara Healthcare reaches a larger population through its nine hospitals, numerous outpatient facilities, home care services and a total of 10 nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Sentara Health Plans provides health coverage plans to more than 340,000 Optima health plan members plus another 200,000 members in joint programs.

Joint Partnerships
The benefits of collaboration and efficiencies are seen in the many partnerships Sentara has established throughout the community. Our partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., allows the expertise and research capabilities available at the academic level to be blended with the clinical experience. This greatly benefits the care our patients receive.

Dedicated Clinical Staff
Our dedicated clinical staff is experienced in the aspects of clinical trial recruitment and regulatory compliance. The staff observes the highest levels of patient confidentiality while achieving the utmost integrity in clinical trial administration and results reporting.

The executive medical director of Sentara Medical Group serves as clinical research medical director. Based on expertise and interest, specialists are identified to serve as the principal investigator for specific areas of research.

The director of clinical research is a registered nurse with 15 years of research experience. She is a certified clinical research coordinator and has worked for a major pharmaceutical company as a clinical research associate. The director facilitates the coordination of studies, as well as the management of the team of clinical research clinicians/coordinators. The coordinators are licensed nurses who are specially trained in all aspects of research protocols, recruiting, patient education and data management.

Resources of an Entire System
Sentara Healthcare's mission is to promote the maintenance of health and the management of illness and disease. With more than 15,000 employees working toward this mission, Sentara Medical Group has a strong support base for achieving their clinical trial goals and offering cutting edge therapies to our patient population.

For more information, contact:

Director of Clinical Research
Sentara Medical Group
6161 Kempsville Circle, Suite 215
Norfolk, VA 23502

Phone: (757) 261-4986
Fax: (757) 965-4564

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