2016 Sentara Heart Annual Report

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Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital

For more than 60 years, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital (SHRH) in South Boston, VA, has provided exceptional care to residents of Virginia’s south central region and residents of the bordering state of North Carolina.The Halifax hospital joined Sentara Healthcare in 2013.

In 2016, SHRH received the Quality Innovation Award given by the Virginia Health Quality Center, a nonprofit health quality consulting company that conducts studies of exemplary infection control and customer service. Only hospitals that score in the top 10 percent of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessment for infection prevention receive this award.

The skilled cardiac team at SHRH provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including heart catheterizations, electrocardiography (EKG), transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), exercise and pharmacologic stress tests, Doppler echo studies, nuclear imaging, tilt table testing, and Holter and event monitoring. Additional cardiac services include interventional cardiology, implantable devices and cardiac rehabilitation.

The cardiac rehabilitation program at SHRH is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.The 192-bed hospital also has echocardiography accreditation and nuclear cardiology accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

SHRH is a leader in providing timely emergency cardiac care and boasts an average door-to-balloon time of 54 minutes.This time refers to how long it takes cardiac catheterization lab staff to perform a coronary interventional procedure, such as angioplasty, on a heart attack patient after they enter the ED. In 2016, the hospital performed more than 700 cardiac procedures, including 539 diagnostic cath procedures, 105 interventional cath procedures and 95 implantable devices such as pacemakers.

Cardiac experts at SHRH are active in a variety of community outreach programs. Members of the community can sign up for a free Pocket EKG cardiac screening. Cardiac teams use EKGs, blood work and vital signs assessments to screen participants for signs of cardiac distress. Participants then receive pocket-size, laminated cards with the EKG screening results. SHRH teams also offer community wide free screenings for peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as hardening of the arteries.

2016 Volumes

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital