2015-16 Sentara Orthopedics Annual Report

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Designated Trauma Centers

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is designated a Level I Trauma Center, the highest level of trauma care.

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is designated a Level III Trauma Center.

In Virginia, the process of trauma designation is entirely voluntary. It is meant to identify those hospitals that make a commitment to providing a higher level of care for injured patients and who welcome public acknowledgment of that capability. The Virginia standards are reviewed and updated based on changes in the national standards, as well as the evolving needs of the trauma system in Virginia.


Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is one of only five Level I facilities in Virginia and the only Sentara facility that is designated as a Level I Trauma Center.

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is one of five Level III Trauma Centers in Virginia.

Highlights of our emergency care include:

  • Trauma patients in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina may have their orthopedic care provided at either trauma center, with trauma surgeons from Eastern Virginia Medical School (medical residents), Sentara Medical Group and private practice physicians.
  • As a dedicated Level I Trauma Center, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital does not perform elective orthopedic surgeries — the focus of orthopedics is solely on trauma.