Halifax Regional Health System, which includes home health and hospice agencies, has agreed to merge with Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare, reports Virginia Business.
The South Boston-based health system encompasses Halifax Home Health and Halifax Regional Hospice, a 192-bed hospital, three long-term care facilities with 348 beds (The Woodview, Seasons at the Woodview, and Meadview Terrace), and the Physician Hospital Enterprise.
Merging with Sentara will enable the Boston-area health system to 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, according to Halifax Regional officials.
“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 Healthcare has a home health and hospice agency that operates throughout Virginia, in addition to 10 skilled nursing and assisted living centers, 10 acute care hospitals, a 3,680-provider medical staff, and three medical groups with 618 providers.
Written by Alyssa Gerace