Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Potomac Hospital, Sentara Healthcare Affiliation Finalized

The affiliation of Potomac Hospital and Sentara Healthcare is official. Potomac Hospital is now Sentara Potomac Hospital, having received approvals from the Federal Trade Commission and the Virginia Attorney General.

“We’re extremely happy to be a part of the Sentara Healthcare System,” says Potomac Board Chairman Marion Wall. “This partnership will help Potomac continue to provide high quality care to our community. We’re joining an organization that is working toward being among the top ten percent in the nation and we here at Potomac can help make that happen.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the Prince William community and to serve northern Virginia,” says David L. Bernd, CEO of Sentara Healthcare. “We are looking forward to helping Sentara Potomac Hospital continue its community mission.”

“Sentara shares our focus on patient safety and quality and is committed to helping us expand our programs and services,” says Bill Flannagan, president and CEO of Sentara Potomac Hospital. “Sentara is also an Employer of Choice® with high employee satisfaction, low turnover and a culture that fosters excellent patient care and customer service, so I think we’ve picked a great partner.”

Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare will safeguard Potomac Hospital’s future with investments in infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing community.As part of the agreement, Sentara will invest $92 million in a healthcare foundation to help address unmet and underserved healthcare needs of Prince William area residents.

“This new monetary support from Sentara allows the Potomac Health Foundation to focus on creating partnerships with community groups and grants for solutions to health needs,” says Bill Moss, executive director of the Potomac Health Foundation. “We can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Conclusion of the agreement marks the beginning of a transition period which could take up to a year as Sentara Healthcare and Potomac Hospital integrate operations, IT technologies, business practices and workplace cultures.

“This will be an exciting time for all of us,” says David Bernd of Sentara. “We’re looking forward to having Potomac Hospital in the Sentara family.”