About Us

Operating for nearly 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 501c 3 operates eleven (11) 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 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.

Southeastern Virginia Health System

New Name…  Same Quality Service!  The Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH) was founded beginning with one health center in Newport News, VA. Over the years, we have expanded our services to seven cities and eleven locations throughout Hampton Roads.  We decided it was time for a name change that better represents the full scope of our service area.  We are now operating as      Southeastern Virginia Health System (SEVHS). 


Whitaker Memorial Hospital in Newport News (Photo provided courtesy of the Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center, Newport News, VA)

Our Mission

Southeastern Virginia Health System (SEVHS) provides high quality, comprehensive, 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