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Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
- For the similarly named hospital in Simcoe, Ontario, see Norfolk General Hospital.
is a hospital
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in the Ghent
The Ghent District includes the various Ghent neighborhoods in Norfolk, Virginia. Its boundaries are roughly Brambleton Avenue/The Hague on the south, the Elizabeth River on west, Monticello Avenue on the east and the railroad crossing immediately north of 22nd Street...
neighborhood of Norfolk
Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. With a population of 242,803 as of the 2010 Census, it is Virginia's second-largest city behind neighboring Virginia Beach....
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. It is located adjacent to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters , located in Norfolk, Virginia, is the only freestanding children's hospital in Virginia and the home to one of the nation's top pediatric residency programs....
, Sentara Heart Hospital and Eastern Virginia Medical School
Eastern Virginia Medical School commonly referred to as EVMS, in Norfolk, Virginia is a public-private medical school founded by the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia...
for which it serves as the teaching hospital. Norfolk General is home to the only Level I Trauma Center and burn trauma unit in Hampton Roads
Hampton Roads is the name for both a body of water and the Norfolk–Virginia Beach metropolitan area which surrounds it in southeastern Virginia, United States...
. The hospital is considered among the best in the country.
In 1888 the forerunner to Norfolk General, the 25-bed Retreat for the Sick, was opened in downtown Norfolk. At this time there were fewer than 200 hospitals in the entire country. In 1892 the Retreat for the Sick opened the first nursing school
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in Norfolk. The hospital moved to a new location in 1896 and was renamed Norfolk Protestant Hospital in 1898. The hospital moved again in 1903 and witnessed a fire in 1906, though no lives were lost. Norfolk Protestant was renamed Norfolk General in the 1930s and the first open-heart surgery in Virginia was performed there in 1967.
In 1981 Elizabeth Carr was born at the hospital, becoming America's first in-vitro fertilization baby. The first heart transplant performed in Hampton Roads occurred at the hospital in 1989.