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Groundbreaking Tuesday to mark beginning of work on new Sentara Leigh Hospital

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Tuesday marks the groundbreaking of the first phase of a $126 million dollar project that will rebuild Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. The ceremony gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with comments from Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim on the economic impact of the project. Two, five-story patient towers will eventually replace three wings of the current hospital, built in the 1970s.
In addition, a two-story atrium lobby will offer access to new outpatient treatment areas and other amenities. 

The project, at the hospital’s current site at 830 Kempsville Road, is expected to take three years. Work already is underway on a new parking deck.
Sentara Leigh is a regional hospital, with a patient base from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and northeastern North Carolina.  Whiting-Turner is serving as the general contractor.

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