We improve health every day.
To be the healthcare choice of the community we serve.
1800s: The Beginning
Sentara Healthcare started small in 1888 as the 25-bed Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, Virginia.
Early 1900s: Paving the Way Forward
As the years passed, new hospitals opened in Hampton Roads to meet the community’s growing demand, while future Sentara member hospitals in the Blue Ridge region began making history.
1950 – 1999: Expansion, Growth and Innovation
While Norfolk’s medical facilities grew upward and Charlottesville and Harrisonburg’s hospitals grew outward, other communities in Virginia were just starting.
The New Millennium: Creating an Exceptional Patient Experience
The name “Sentara” quickly became synonymous with patient-centered, safe, and effective medical care.
Today, we remain committed to continuously providing affordable quality care, reaching favorable outcomes, and responding to changes in our industry and communities.