Patient Stories


Connect with grateful patients as they share their experiences and recognize the exceptional employees who make a difference every day.


Eight lucky Sentara babies awarded Virginia 529 College Savings Plan

In honor of National 529 College Savings Day on May 29th, Virginia 529 offered babies at each Sentara hospital born closest to 5:29 pm on 5/29 a 529 college savings account valued at $529. The program is aimed at encouraging higher education and to remind families that it is never too early to start planning.  … Continue Reading


Unique donation helps cancer patients

Pat Parrott, who was diagnosed with lymphoma a few months ago, is doing her best to keep a positive attitude. And the volunteers from Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary’s new Unique Boutique are certainly helping. The Unique Boutique is a free wig, hat and scarf shop that’s located at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, on the … Continue Reading


Rebuilding my life one step at a time

It was Labor Day weekend 2011 and Dr. Dan Via, Sentara Pediatric Physicians, and his family were enjoying a relaxing vacation in Corolla, NC. The weather had been beautiful despite Hurricane Isabel storming through the area the prior week leaving the water just a little choppy. Via, a very active cyclist, was out in the … Continue Reading

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A colonoscopy saved my life

I resisted a colonoscopy screening for 15 years, until my doctor threatened to fire me and my wife showed me up by getting hers before I did. When I finally agreed, the gastroenterologist discovered and removed a large pre-cancerous polyp, probably a year or two before it would have converted into a tumor. “I just … Continue Reading


Hospice helped my family when we were in need


Written by Erin Gafner, Experiential Marketing Specialist, System Development, Sentara Healthcare. Recently I read a note from a reader who commented on a Sentara Today post about hospice services. She wanted to express thoughts on her family’s experience with hospice services. Her story touched me deeply and with her permission, I’d like to pass along … Continue Reading


Surviving my battle


Few people will witness the devastating loss that Joseph Bimba and his wife, Elisabeth, have seen. Joseph, a missionary, and Elisabeth, a nurse, have spent their lives caring for others.

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The hospice support we got inspires me to give to others


If you have lost a loved one who suffered through illness, then you know the effect that end-of-life challenges have not only on the patient, but on the family. The experience is stressful, emotional and often overwhelming; but for Donna Gates, hospice made the end of her husband’s life easier not only for him, but … Continue Reading


ICU patient returns to hospital to thank his care team


Keith Quinlan came very close to dying.  The Trenton, New Jersey firefighter and his wife Cori were on day two of an Outer Banks vacation last year when he suddenly became ill.  The Outer Banks Hospital quickly transferred him by ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he wound up on life support in the … Continue Reading


“Luck” is how you look at it


There was a time when most people would have described Russell Keith Hendrick as lucky: Four years ago, he worked for his father’s gutter business and lived in the peaceful, country community of Ivor, Virginia. He paid his bills and had health insurance to help with his thyroid, diabetes and high cholesterol treatments. Then, at … Continue Reading

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Time is of the Essence


Arm Pain and a Traffic Light Spur a Life Altering Decision. Alan Mortimer’s arm hurt. The 53-year-old construction inspector for Prince William County was having pain in his arm that he attributed to a pinched nerve. “I’ve been in construction my entire life,” says Mortimer. “I’m used to back problems and muscle pain. But on … Continue Reading

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