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About Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Serving as a destination medical center in the mid-atlantic region, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is the area’s only Level 1 trauma center and burn trauma unit, home to the Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, the region’s first Magnet® hospital and nationally ranked heart program at Sentara Heart Hospital.

Located on the Eastern Virginia Medical Campus, Sentara Norfolk General hospital is a large 525-bed medical center which serves as the primary teaching institution for the adjacent Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Our partnership with EVMS combines the latest innovations in technology, research and clinical care to offer advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital also includes Sentara Heart Hospital, the region’s first and only dedicated heart hospital, which is unlike any facility within hundreds of miles. It unites a long-standing team of cardiac super-specialists within an advanced setting built from the ground up for superior cardiac care.

At Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, we strive for nursing excellence. Our comprehensive orientation and continuing education programs support the experience gained by working in an exceptional, innovative environment.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital: A Magnet® Hospital

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was the first in southeastern Virginia to be named a Magnet® Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet® designation is the highest credential that a healthcare organization can earn for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals have this designation.

Magnet® hospitals encourage and support evidence based practice, professional growth and decision-making by nurses at all levels. Across the U.S., Magnet® designation has shown a benefit in decreased nurse turnover, increased nurse satisfaction, reduced patient mortality and decreased patient length of stay.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital nurses practice on a foundation of safety and accountability. Nurses participate in shared decision-making councils at the unit, specialty and hospital level to ensure that their practice is based on the latest evidence. Quality measures are also tracked and measured to monitor and improve patient outcomes.

Magnet® designation helps to ensure that nurse excellence, transformational leadership and improved patient outcomes remain at the forefront for our nursing team.

To learn more about our team’s achievements, check out our most recent nursing annual report.

To learn more about nursing at Sentara, please click here.


U.S. News & World Report: Best Hospitals ranking (2020-21)

  • No. 1 hospital in Hampton Roads
  • Tied for No. 5 in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Top 25 national ranking in Urology
  • Recognized for several high-performing specialty programs including Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and Nephrology

National Research Corporation Consumer’s Choice award winner for 12 years in a row

About Sentara Healthcare

Sentara Healthcare celebrates more than 130 years in pursuit of its mission to improve health every day. Named to IBM Watson Health’s 2018 “Top 15 Health Systems,” Sentara is an integrated, not-for-profit system of 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. The Sentara family also includes four medical groups, home care and hospice, ambulatory outpatient campuses, two health plans, the Sentara College of Health Sciences and more.

Read more about Sentara Healthcare here.