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Halifax Regional Health System to merge with Sentara Healthcare

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South Boston-based Halifax Regional Health System has agreed to merge with Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare.

Halifax Regional includes a a 192-bed hospital, three long-term care facilities comprising 348 beds, including The Woodview, Seasons at The Woodview and MeadowView Terrace, Halifax Home Health and Halifax Regional Hospice, and the Physician Hospital Enterprise.

Halifax Regional officials said merging with Sentara will strengthen its physician and staff recruitment and retention efforts, enhance computer and technology upgrades, clinical services expansion and quality improvement initiatives and enable the purchase of expensive supplies and equipment at a lower cost.

“Sentara is an excellent health system with a solid reputation for providing outstanding services to its patients. We are thrilled to partner with this outstanding organization to ensure HRHS can continue to meet the healthcare needs of our community and region and offer even more services than before,” David H. White, Jr., chairman of the Halifax Regional 36-member board of directors, said in a statement.

The board has been studying health care trends, talking with industry experts and colleagues, and exploring partnership and affiliation options for over 18 months before deciding to merge with Sentara. Hospitals across Virginia and the country are increasingly looking for relationships with one another as a means to share or reduce costs, increase the variety of clinical services they offer and ensure the long-term mission of the organization is achieved. Halifax Regional Health System is one of only seven independent hospitals remaining in Virginia.

“After more than 18 months of considering a number of strategic partnerships, we were presented with an opportunity to secure the long-term success of our health system and enhance the services offered to our community and region by merging with Sentara. We knew it was a positive step we should take,” Chris A. Lumsden, CEO of Halifax Regional, said in a statement. “We couldn’t sit idly by watching trends in the healthcare industry and not thoughtfully examine ways to strengthen our outstanding health system. Sentara is an exceptional organization that has an excellent reputation inside and outside Virginia. We are convinced our merger with Sentara will be positive and yield long-term benefits to both organizations and to the patients we serve.”

Sentara operates more than 100 sites of care serving residents across Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The system includes 10 acute care hospitals, including seven in Hampton Roads, one in Northern Virginia, and two in the Blue Ridge region, advanced imaging centers, 10 nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, a statewide home health and hospice agency, a 3,680-provider medical staff, and three medical groups with 618 providers.

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