Sentara Healthcare and Pratt Medical Center Finalize Partnership


  •        Sentara Healthcare welcomes the Pratt Medical Center team of nearly 40 experienced providers to Sentara Medical Group.
  •        One Pratt-owned imaging center with CT, MRI and other services will also join the Sentara system.
  •        The partnership, named Sentara Pratt Medical Group, recognizes each partner’s history.


WOODBRIDGE, VA – Sentara Healthcare and Fredericksburg-based Pratt Medical Center announced today that they have finalized a partnership agreement. This integration brings together the oldest and largest multi-specialty group serving the greater Fredericksburg area with Virginia’s largest integrated health system.


“Sentara and Pratt share a common commitment to improving the quality of health care in their communities,” said Stephen D. Porter, corporate vice president, Sentara Healthcare. “The more we discussed a partnership, the more our natural fit became apparent, with both cultures focused on quality, innovation and a commitment to placing the patient at the center of all we do.”

Sentara Healthcare operates more than 100 sites of care, including 12 not-for-profit hospitals, four medical groups and multiple imaging centers throughout Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.


Pratt Medical Center serves approximately 66,000 patients through its seven locations across the Fredericksburg, Stafford, King George and Dahlgren areas. Pratt leadership issued a request for proposal in early 2014 to evaluate potential healthcare partners and selected Sentara Healthcare as the sole potential partner in July 2014.


“Pratt and Sentara have great mutual respect for what each has done in the communities they serve,” said Dr. Scott Walker, president, Pratt Medical Center. “Our decision to join Sentara was based on the strong alignment in our missions and a shared vision for the future of medicine and care for our communities and employees.”


As part of this new partnership, nearly 40 multi-specialty providers have joined Sentara Medical Group under the new name Sentara Pratt Medical Group.


“Sentara Medical Group providers are dedicated to quality and actively work to test new care delivery models and technologies,” said Dr. Doug Culling, president, Sentara Medical Group. “We are confident that the talented providers of Pratt Medical Center will help us realize our commitments to greater access, more convenience and better coordination across the continuum of care.”


Pratt Medical Center will also bring an additional imaging center into the Sentara Healthcare network.


About Sentara Healthcare

Sentara Healthcare celebrates 127 years of innovation, compassion and community benefit. Based in Norfolk, VA, Sentara is a diverse not-for-profit family of 12 hospitals, an array of integrated services and a team 30,000 strong on a mission to improve health every day. This mandate is pursued through a disciplined strategy to achieve Top 10% performance in key measures through shared best practices, transformation of primary care through clinical integration and strategic growth that adds value to the communities we serve in Virginia and North Carolina. For more information, please visit


About Sentara Medical Group

Sentara Medical Group brings together multi-specialty doctors and advanced practice clinicians dedicated to providing quality, patient-focused care to raise the standard of health care in the regions they serve. Sentara Medical Group was originally formed in 1995 and is now comprised of more than 700 primary care and specialty providers who care for patients across Hampton Roads, northeastern North Carolina and Northern Virginia.


About Pratt Medical Center

Pratt Medical Center includes over 40 primary and specialty care providers across seven locations in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Dahlgren. Pratt continues to take the lead in providing access to quality medical care. Dr. Frank C. Pratt founded Pratt Medical Center in 1937 with the belief that patients were best served by physicians working together. Today, Pratt Medical Center physicians continue to be guided by Dr. Pratt’s wisdom, providing patients access to quality medical care to improve the health status of our community and the region.