Sentara announces merger with North Carolina-based Cone Health

Sentara announced a merger with another regional healthcare provider based in North Carolina.

It remains to be seen what effect the merger will have on the Northern Virginia marketplace, where Sentara operates both a hospital in Woodbridge and a smaller, full-service medical center in Lake Ridge.

However, company officials say the merger shows Sentara is keen on increasing access to patient care in the communities it serves.

Sentara Healthcare and Cone Health are both regional, community-based health systems with similar missions, cultures, strategies and visions for transforming the future of healthcare. Their joint commitment is simple: to bring together two strong industry leaders into a unified, transformative and value-driven organization at the forefront of change that will be a model for the rest of the nation’s healthcare systems.

Sentara Healthcare is an integrated, not-for-profit system comprised of 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. We employ more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, 30,000 team members and operate hundreds of sites of care. Our Optima Health Plan and Virginia Premier Health Plan serve 858,000 members in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio.

Cone Health, a not-for-profit integrated healthcare network, consists of five hospitals in North Carolina. The system employs more than 13,000 people, including nearly 1,200 physicians and advanced practice providers, and operates more than 100 care sites. Its Medicare Advantage health plan, HealthTeam Advantage, serves 15,000 members.

Woodbridge is Sentara’s northernmost market, as the majority of the company’s healthcare properties are located in Hampton Roads. It acquired Potomac Hospital in 2009 and changed its name to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

The full-service medical facility on Minnieville Road in Lake Ridge opened three years later.

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