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Southeastern Virginia Health System

Operating for 40+ years, Southeastern Virginia Health System (SEVHS) is the premier community-based health care initiative in Hampton Roads for the insured, uninsured, and underinsured. The 501(c)3 operates fifteen community health care centers, providing primary care and dental services to individuals and families. SEVHS physicians are board-certified and provide services in the areas of family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. With practices located in Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Mathews County, and Franklin, SEVHS also offers a number of other support services such as health education and nutrition counseling, case management, referrals to specialty care, medication assistance and on-site lab testing. Southeastern Virginia Health System is a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association (VACHA). SEVHS services over 25,000 patients annually.

Our Mission

Southeastern Virginia Health System (SEVHS) provides high quality, comprehensive, and affordable healthcare and wellness services to all.

Our Vision

Southeastern Virginia Health System (SEVHS) is the premier provider of primary care. Reaching those who face obstacles to health care and improving the overall quality of health of a diverse community by promoting health education and healthy lifestyles through wellness and preventative programs; while ensuring access to seamless, high-quality, and affordable healthcare that is accessible to all.

Our Core Values

Quality Services • Professionalism • Compassion • Honesty • Respect • Patient-Centered Care

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Our Culture of Safety

In the mandate to do no harm in the provision of care, SEVHS provides an environment that consistently minimizes adverse events while preventing or reducing errors and improving overall health care quality and safety. SEVHS is committed to the process of safeguarding physically, electronically, and environmentally; staff and patients. This atmosphere of safety and quality in the workplace is respectful of different beliefs, perceptions, and values.

Whittaker Memorial HospitalOur History

In 1977, Whittaker Memorial Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, initiated a community effort to expand primary health care services in the “East End” section of Newport News by establishing a community health center that would be primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW), under section 330, Title III, of the Public Health Service Act. Instead of the hospital applying for the federal funding, a group of concerned citizens submitted the application; after which a 13-member, consumer-dominated board of directors was created to run what was known as East End Health Services Delivery Project (EEHSDP). The group was awarded a little over $194,000 to establish the community health center. After much planning and hard work over a six-month period, the project changed its name to the Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH). In 2013, after much planning and consideration, another name change was pursued and PICH became Southeastern Virginia Health System. This name change is more reflective of our expanded service area.


We have reached this point through the commitment of our incredible team — a group of the most amazing providers, technologists, and staff — all dedicated to delivering exceptional care. We appreciate and admire the talents of our healthcare partners, with whom we are working to coordinate care across primary and specialty settings. We thank the many public health organizations we work with for helping advance the health and well being of our community. We thank our sponsors and donors – those who have been with us and those yet to join us – with your support we are able to bring better health and better care to even more people. Finally, we are deeply grateful to our clients, who entrust us with their health every day. It is such a privilege to be invited into their lives, as we commit to delivering the best in care and compassion.

View our 2021 Annual Report

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A 501(c)(3) organization

Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday (8:00am-5:00pm)
*Hours may vary due to COVID-19

It's seeing a patient smile. It's offering a helping hand. It's knowing what you do matters. It's a million things, big and small.