Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (SWRMC) serves the northern Hampton Roads area with the lifesaving capabilities and latest healthcare technologies expected of a medical center. In 2015, the hospital began offering TAVR screenings with physicians evaluating approximately 50 patients in less than a year’s time.

The hospital’s comprehensive cardiac program includes interventional cardiology, angioplasty, atherectomy, arrhythmia management, cardiac rehabilitation, stenting, drug therapies, device implants and heart failure management. State-of-the-art diagnostic testing services consist of heart catheterizations, electrocardiograms (EKGs), echocardiograms (ECGs including transesophageal and stress), Doppler echo studies, tilt table testing and nuclear cardiology testing.

SWRMC is a leader in providing timely emergency cardiac care and boasts an average door-to-balloon time of 55 minutes. In 2014, the hospital performed 309 cardiac catheterizations, 82 interventions and 81 device implants. All of the hospital’s heart catheterization technicians are registered cardiovascular invasive specialists through Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

SWRMC boasts many other merits, including:

  • The only cardiac rehabilitation program on the Upper Peninsula accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation National Cardiovascular Data Registry and the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • AHA Mission: Lifeline Gold Award in recognition of outstanding measures to ensure quality care for STEMI and cardiac resuscitation patients
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
  • Certified Primary Stroke Center through a joint program sponsored by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission
  • National top 10 percent performance in the Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program sponsored by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving healthcare safety, quality and affordability

In 2015, the 145-bed hospital renovated and expanded its pre- and post-cardiac procedure areas adding a nursing station that improves patient monitoring. The cardiac rehabilitation area also underwent a 1,200-square-foot expansion and renovation that allowed for the addition of more exercise equipment.

Close to 200 cardiac outpatients use the cardiac rehab program’s separate phase III location, which is adjacent to the YMCA on the medical center’s campus, for ongoing exercise and heart health maintenance. The cardiac rehab program is planning to start providing services in Gloucester in 2016.

In addition, the hospital will update its low-dose radiation heart cath labs with new, top-of-the-line equipment.