Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is celebrating its Sapphire Anniversary. It was 45 years ago, a small community hospital opened its doors. The region and the hospital have grown since then.

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center celebrates 45 years of care, commitment & growth

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Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center celebrates 45 years of innovation and patient care. It was 45 years ago, a small community hospital opened its doors in hopes of helping the people of eastern Prince William County and surrounding areas. When the center, then known as Potomac Hospital, opened its doors, there were just 29 beds. Over the years, the hospital has grown to a 183 bed, state of the art facility, in an effort to better serve residents.   

“People shouldn’t have to travel for healthcare. They should be able to get what they need right here,” says Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center President, Kathie Johnson. That’s been the motivation for the hospital and service, since the beginning.

This week, that dedication is being celebrating by hosting a luncheon for employees and volunteers, complete with nostalgic pictures from the last five decades. A VIP reception is scheduled for that evening for area and hospital dignitaries, along with the founding members of the hospital. There have also been stories of the hospital’s history as we approach the big day. 

“I think it’s special for the community to have this opportunity to reflect back on the rich history of Potomac Hospital and all it has brought to the community over the years,” says Johnson.

The facility and services have grown as the community has grown. The merger of Potomac Hospital with Sentara Healthcare allowed patients access to a fully integrated healthcare system. The addition of a patient tower, the opening of the new Sentara Heart & Vascular Center, new surgical services, and remodeling and renovation of our Emergency Department and Women’s Health Center demonstrates Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s commitment to patient care and the community.

“Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice in our market. What we’ve done is work with our community to identify services they would like us to bring here,” explains Johnson.

It’s this attention to community, Kathie Johnson extends outside and inside the hospital. As Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center approached its 45th Anniversary, Johnson coined the phrase ‘45 years new’ and it took off from there, “I think it’s special for our employees who have been here for a while to remember all their coworkers and people who have come before: 45 years new - we’re building on the past and moving toward an even better future.”

Johnson says the future includes more acute services, more preventative services and more outreach, “Our mission is to improve healthcare every day, so we’re not just here when people get ill, we’re here to keep people well and will work with our community to do that.”