Friday, February 25, 2011

Sentara to Build Stand-Alone Emergency Department in Lake Ridge

Outpatient Campus will Provide 24-hour Emergency Care, Advanced Imaging and Lab Services

Sentara Healthcare will soon begin construction on Sentara Lake Ridge – an innovative and modern outpatient healthcare campus that will offer convenient, high quality services and a patient-focused experience.

Sentara Lake Ridge is Sentara Healthcare’s first outpatient facility in Northern Virginia to provide 24-hour emergency care by board-certified physicians and advanced imaging and laboratory services. Located at the corner of Minnieville Road and Summit School Road, the 43,500 square-foot facility is expected to open in early 2012.

"One of the reasons we are opening Sentara Lake Ridge is to provide an alternative site for emergency care in our community," says Megan Perry, President of Sentara Potomac Hospital. "The Emergency Department at Sentara Potomac Hospital was designed 15 years ago to serve 40,000 patients per year, and now serves close to 60,000. We want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of the community and we believe that Sentara Lake Ridge will help us achieve that goal."

"A good patient experience is important to us and an overcrowded emergency room can cause longer wait times and create frustration for patients," says Perry. "The population within a five-mile radius of Lake Ridge is expected to increase by nearly 10 percent over the next four years, so opening Sentara Lake Ridge will allow us to better serve the emergency care needs of residents. Also, Sentara Lake Ridge will provide a very convenient location for imaging and lab services."

The Emergency Department at Sentara Lake Ridge will be open 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week and will be staffed by the board-certified physicians of BestPractices, who provide services at Sentara Potomac Hospital’s Irene V. Hylton Emergency Care Center. Emergency patients at this facility will be walk-ins only. Ambulances may transport patients who need to be admitted to the hospital for additional care, after they have been evaluated at Sentara Lake Ridge.

In addition to emergency services, there will be CT imaging services, digital mammography, bone density scanning, ultrasound and x-ray, plus laboratory services. These will be used by emergency patients and other patients who make appointments for these services. The advanced imaging services will be under the medical direction of Potomac Radiology and Imaging Associates, who also provide services at Sentara Potomac Hospital, and will primarily have weekday business hours and some limited weekend appointments.

Sentara is committed to adding value to the communities it serves. Sentara Potomac Hospital is the first Sentara hospital in Northern Virginia and joined the system in December 2009. Sentara Lake Ridge will be the first Sentara outpatient healthcare campus in Northern Virginia.

Since coming to Northern Virginia, Sentara has also introduced Medical Transport services and Home Care services. Sentara will introduce Sentara eCare®, a comprehensive electronic medical record to Sentara Potomac Hospital in late fall 2011,and to Sentara Lake Ridge upon opening.