Our Culture

Our Culture

At Sentara, you belong.

 Our team members are supported to live a full life and feel connected to their coworkers, managers and leaders. Sentara cares about our people, and we show it by creating a work culture where people from all backgrounds, places, lifestyles and traditions can thrive and grow. We celebrate our diversity because we know it makes us more inclusive and compassionate—and that makes us better caregivers.

Rusty Kidd

Trauma Data Registrar

Rusty Kidd Makes a Difference in Challenging Times

Joy Spears
Team Coordinator Neuro Critical Care
“Every day I see compassion in the people I work with,” says Joy Spears. “Sentara has always encouraged me to be the best I can be.”

Rebecca Jessie

Director of Quality and Patient Safety

Rebecca Jessie is Committed to Quality, Safety – and Flyfishing

Tom Perry
Registration Team Leader

Longtime ‘Sports Junkie’ From Seattle Moves to Shenandoah

Michelle Bushrow

Career Change Leads Nurse Practitioner to Breast Cancer Advocacy Role
LaNell Thomas
Registration Team Leader
‘You Always Have a Wingman’ at Sentara
Sheryl McMakin
Medical Assistant
“TV Became Real Life for Sheryl McMakin”
Corey Taylor


‘You Can Be Anybody You Want to Be’
at Sentara
Susan Murphy

Registered Nurse

“I absolutely love caring for babies,” says Susan, an RN in the NICU at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. “Singing and talking to them when their parents are not able to be with them or just holding them a bit extra while I chart brings me great joy!”
Emmanuel Sarkodie


“It’s nice to be a part of a team with a purpose,” he explains. “No matter what they are doing that day, everybody needs to eat. Food can be comforting and healing, and we take great pride in providing those things to our team members, patients and visitors.”

Ryan Wilson

Registered Nurse

“They always want you to advance yourself… do the best thing that you can do.”

Crystal Davis

Registered Nurse
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” Crystal says. She took advantage of the Sentara Nurse Executive Scholarship to earn her BSN degree and has plans to earn her master’s degree.