Inside Sentara


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


Sentara: Creating a culture of safety

At Sentara, our focus goes beyond the basics of making healthcare safe for its patients. We’ve built a strong “Culture of Safety”  to reduce medical errors, which helps us deliver safe, reliable and effective care. The foundation of this culture is a strong accountability to perform habitual behaviors that reduce medical errors. Sentara staff uses guidelines known as “Safety … Continue Reading


Hurricane Season: Are you ready if the lights go out?

Virginia is smack dab in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard, an area often threatened by hurricanes. Are you ready, should a storm threaten our region? The time is right for planning. Virginians are offered a sales tax holiday May 25-May 31, 2014, in time to prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane season which starts June … Continue Reading


What is a Primary Stroke Center?

If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, you might think that just getting to the hospital is all you need to worry about. And that’s partially true – immediate, or “acute” treatment (within the first 3 hours) is crucial. It identifies the location and severity of the stroke, and it greatly improves the … Continue Reading


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

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


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


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


Top tips for optimal colon health


Submitted by Casey Beeghly, Clinical Dietitian, Sentara Leigh Hospital  I eat healthy by trying to have a balanced diet, focusing on lots of fruits and veggies, freshly prepared meals and limiting processed foods. I do indulge on occasion but in moderation. I am motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle so I set a good example … Continue Reading

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