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Read stories and happenings that highlight our exceptional employees and the amazing things they do.


Advance Medical Directives Help With End-of-Life Healthcare Decisions

Recognizing Sentara Advance Care Planning Week, April 14 – 18, and National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 By David Cochran, MTh Every day in hospitals, nursing centers and private homes, patients, residents and families make pivotal decisions about medical care at the end of life. These decisions range from demanding every high-tech tool in the … Continue Reading


Masks Help Stop the Spread of Flu

Most flu this season is caused by the same virus that caused the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. And this year, we’re seeing some of the same groups not normally hit so hard by flu having severe complications. Pregnant women and middle-aged adults are some of the hardest hit this flu season. Regrettably, these groups also have … Continue Reading


Seeing is believing

Doctors are seeing more breast cancer than ever with new 3D mammography offered at Sentara Comprehensive Breast Centers. The innovative technology allows physicians to see the breast “layer by layer.” How it works It is well known that screening mammography saves lives. Although mammography has been the best tool we’ve had for decades to find … Continue Reading

Sentara Healthcare 125 year anniversary

Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future, Improving Health Every Day

Sentara Healthcare Milestone Anniversary 125 Years In honor of Sentara Healthcare’s 125th anniversary we’ve created a video, along with a historical book which are both dedicated to the patients who have entrusted us with their care and to the Sentara Healthcare staff, physicians, volunteers and community members – past, present and future. The video, along … Continue Reading


Sentara Healthcare: Then and Now


Sentara Healthcare has come a long way since 1888 when it was first established as the 25-bed Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, Va. Flash-forward 125 years: Sentara Healthcare is now comprised of 11 acute care hospitals with more than 100 sites of care all throughout Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Enjoy browsing through several … Continue Reading


It’s back to school time for Sentara employees as we “power up” for ICD-10!


Just as the children are going back to school during the fall, many Sentara employees are also preparing for their own training and education to learn the new diagnostic coding system that all healthcare providers in the U.S. must adopt next year. Currently every U.S. healthcare provider and insurer use the ICD-9 system, a healthcare … Continue Reading


10 Health Reform Questions Everyone Should Know


With all of the new and coming changes to health insurance, it’s easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed in the details. Let’s take a look at the basics and identify the top 10 questions you may want to make sure you and your loved ones know. 1. What is Health Reform? The Affordable Care … Continue Reading

Simulation mom at Sentara

A new kind of ‘push present’


Sentara Healthcare awarded a “push present” of a different kind to nursing students at Thomas Nelson Community College. The gift? A human-like birthing simulator machine.


Family Trip Survival Guide


When school is out for summer and the whole family is together, a great opportunity exists to spend time together and visit new and exciting places. Unfortunately, the preparation for family trips can leave parents stressed, jaded and overwhelmed. Dr. Lisa Stephens of Sentara Pediatric Physicians in Virginia Beach offers some great advice on how … Continue Reading

Halifax Regional Health System Merges with Sentara


Honoring the past and strengthening our future is one of the strong feelings expressed at today’s celebration to mark the completion of Halifax Regional Health System’s merger with Sentara Healthcare. More than 150 medical staff members, staff, volunteers and guests joined the event. Halifax Regional Health System has been a gem serving the health needs … Continue Reading

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