Sentara Healthcare is an acknowledged leader in patient safety and quality innovation. Founded in 1888 as the Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, Virginia, Sentara has ranked for more than 14 years among the nation’s top integrated healthcare systems by Modern Healthcare magazine, and was recognized as the #1 integrated healthcare system consecutively in 2010 and 2011.
Sites of Care
Sentara, a not-for-profit health system, operates more than 100 sites of care serving residents across Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The system is comprised of 10 acute care hospitals (including seven in Hampton Roads, one in Northern Virginia, and two in the Blue Ridge region), advanced imaging centers, nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, two home health/hospice agencies and eight locations, a 3,680-provider medical staff, and three medical groups with 618 providers.
Services Sentara offers include a full range of health coverage plans, home health and hospice services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, urgent care facilities, ground medical transport services, mobile diagnostic vans, and senior services. Sentara also offers medical transport ambulances and Nightingale, the first air ambulance serving Hampton Roads. Optima Health is the insurance arm of Sentara Healthcare and serves approximately 436,000 members in the state of Virginia with Commercial, Individual, and Medicaid plans.
Sentara provides a wide range of technological advances including the Sentara eCare Health Network®. The clinical system uses innovative technology to link patient medical information between Sentara hospitals, physician practices, and other health care sites over a protected network, enabling the secure sharing of patient information and a higher quality of care. Within this network is MyHealth MyChart, which provides patients with secure online access to their electronic medical information. In 2000, Sentara launched the nation’s first eICU®. This groundbreaking telemedicine system is designed to reduce mortality and shorten ICU stays.
Sentara Healthcare has a long, proud history of providing quality care and investing in the creation of healthy environments. In doing so, we reach beyond our hospitals, medical offices, and other sites into the communities we serve. Sentara sponsors hundreds of community health education programs and provides more than $179 million annually in community benefit.
Sentara offers three schools for further education which include: Sentara College of Health Sciences, Suffolk Public Schools Sentara Obici Hospital School of Practical Nursing, and School of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
Sentara’s nursing staff prides itself on improving health care for patients every day through nursing excellence. That philosophy includes Sentara’s nursing vision to create an environment of health and healing for patients. Nurses also are trained with a foundation that emphasizes Sentara’s culture of safety and accountability. In 2008, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital became the first in southeastern Virginia to be named a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Less than five percent of U.S. hospitals have earned this credential. Magnet Hospitals have a strong culture of cooperation among nurses and physicians, which enhances patient safety and improves quality outcomes.
Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital have sent letters to the American Nurses Credentialing Center indicating that they are beginning the journey toward Magnet recognition.
For additional information on Sentara, visit www.sentara.com.