Meeting the Needs of our Diverse Community

Sentara serves many large communities rich in culture and diversity. One of our goals is to ensure that all patients are cared for in a way that is appropriate to their language and cultural needs.

We Listen to You

We work together as a team with you, the patient, to ensure your beliefs regarding health and illness are being met. When providing care to our patients, we take into account the patient's:

  • Race, ethnicity
  • Language
  • Gender, age
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation, family structure
  • Physical and mental disabilities
  • Socioeconomic status

We aim to deliver culturally appropriate care and create a welcoming environment for all our patients, regardless of their differences, disabilities or knowledge of the English language.

Let Us Know Your Needs

Sentara needs your help to better understand your needs when you visit our hospitals or any of our health centers. We provide:

  • Communication Services
    Free interpretation services and adaptive equipment are available for non-English speakers, deaf patients and/or their families. If you would like to have an interpreter, please let our staff know.

  • Resources
    Resources cover a range of health-related topics, as well as those pertinent to your cultural needs. Referrals to other Sentara services and community agencies are offered as appropriate.

  • Community Events
    Health screenings, seminars and workshops are offered by Sentara periodically throughout the year. Attend these events and tell us if there are ways to improve our attention to your needs.

While you’re in our care, be sure to let staff know about any cultural needs you may have.

For Our LGBTQ Patients

Find a Doctor or Provider

Are you LGBTQ and looking for a healthcare provider that you can trust? See below for providers in your area.

Healthcare Equality IndexSidney M. Sutton, MD
1141 N. Road Street, Suite G
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Scott M. Riley, NP
1933 Edwin Drive, Suite 208
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Know Your Health Care Rights

Coming Out to Your Doctor

Health Resources for Transgender Patients

A Message From Dana Beckton, Chief Diversity Officer

Dana Beckton, Chief Diversity OfficerOur vision is that everyone brings the strengths that come with diversity to work every day. When we are achieving our vision, we have team members that feel they belong, they are able to be authentic and our workforce is reflective of the communities we serve. We will realize that vision through our Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

Sentara’s diversity and inclusion strategy has three pillars – a diverse and talented workforce, an inclusive and supportive workplace and outreach and engagement with our community.

The foundation of our strategy is to ensure structural inclusion which looks at our structures, processes and practices as well as behavioral inclusion which looks at our mindsets, skillsets and relationships.

I’m excited to be at Sentara where we can build on this work together.