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NAFC Honors Sentara With Center of Excellence Designation

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Contact: Steven G. Gregg, PhD

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East coast hospital recognized for high quality care, impressive

patient satisfaction scores, and the advancement of urology care. 

Virginia Beach, Virginia – March 5, 2019

The Sentara Pelvic Floor Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital was recently designated a Center of Excellence by the National Association for Continence. The National Association For Continence is pleased to recognize Sentara’s dedication to serving the best interests of patients suffering with urologic conditions.  The Center of Excellence designation was largely driven by the achievements of Dr. Mary Burns, a board certified Urogynecologist, and Dr. Jessica M. DeLong, a board certified Urologist.

“The Sentara Pelvic Floor Center offers a sensitive, comprehensive approach to a needed medical specialty for women and men navigating mid-life,” says Bernie Boone, President of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. “The Center of Excellence designation from the National Association for Continence reflects our commitment to serving the health needs of this growing population.”

The Sentara Pelvic Floor Center provides a full range of urological procedures to address the following conditions; male and female bladder conditions, urinary incontinence, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, male impotence, urinary tract and kidney stones.

Sentara’s track record in high quality care speaks for itself, but what is most impressive is that the staff of Sentara work together to continue to push for the highest levels of patient satisfaction, exploring new technologies that improve quality care and successful outcomes, said Steven G. Gregg, Ph.D., executive director for the National Association for Continence. “We are thrilled to honor an organization like Sentara, which continues to achieve excellence in patient outcomes and the advancement of urology care.”

NAFC’s Centers of Excellence (COE) program was established to recognize centers and facilities that excel in providing bladder and bowel health care to patients, and to assist consumers dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence issues. The COE designation is based on evidence of training, clinical experience, resources, and patient satisfaction statistics that meet established standards. These rigorous standards ensure that each center that is designated a COE is truly exceptional at providing care for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence.

About NAFC                                                                                                                                            National Association for Continence is a national, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence, voiding dysfunction and related pelvic floor disorders. NAFC’s purpose is to be the leading source for public education and advocacy about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments and management alternatives for incontinence. More information is available online at

About Sentara

Sentara Healthcare celebrates nearly 130 years in pursuit of its mission – we improve health every day. Named to IBM Watson Health’s 2018 “Top 15 Health Systems,” Sentara is an integrated, not-for-profit system of 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, including a Level I trauma center, the nationally-ranked Sentara Heart Hospital, two orthopedic hospitals, accredited Sentara Cancer Network and the Sentara Neurosciences Institute. The Sentara family also includes four medical groups, Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance and ground medical transport, senior care, home care and hospice, nursing rehabilitation centers, ambulatory outpatient campuses, advanced imaging and diagnostic centers, a clinically integrated network, the Sentara College of Health Sciences and the Optima Health Plan serving 450,000 members in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. With nearly 28,000 employees and ranked one of Forbes “America’s Best Employers” in 2018, Sentara is strategically focused on clinical quality and safety, innovation and creating an extraordinary healthcare experience for our patients and members.


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