Sentara Obici Hospital wins patient award

Published 10:12 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sentara Obici Hospital has been named a 2012 winner of National Research Corporation Picker’s third annual “Path to Excellence” award, recognizing health care organizations for their dedication to improving the patient experience.

NRC Picker is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of patient care through surveys of patients and their families.

The hospital was cited as the sole champion for patient-centered care based on overall performance between April 2011 and March 2012. Sentara Obici was also recognized as a Path to Excellence Award winner in the following patient-centered care dimensions: continuity and transition, coordination of care, emotional support, information and education, physical comfort and respect for patient preference.

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NRC Picker noted that among 208 facilities, Sentara Obici had one of the highest combined percentages of patients rating it positively in six of the eight dimensions of patient-centered care.

“Our selection is a testament to the front line staff, who see patients every day,” said Dr. Steve Julian, president of Sentara Obici. “They are the face of Sentara Obici Hospital.”

“It means a lot to us that the public we’re serving identifies our efforts in such a positive manner,” he added.

Sentara Obici is a 168-bed, full-service hospital in Suffolk. The 10-year-old facility integrates advanced technologies, including Sentara eCare, which gives doctors immediate access to patients’ health information through a secure network.