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Centra Health Inc. - Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer

Lynchburg, VA

Job Description

Centra, a regional, non-profit healthcare system based in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia, is seeking a new Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). With more than 6,000 employees, Centra includes Lynchburg General Hospital, Virginia Baptist Hospital, Southside Community Hospital, Bedford Memorial Hospital, health and rehabilitation centers, a cancer center and a 350-provider physician group. In addition, Centra’s services include residential and outpatient mental health facilities, home health and hospice programs, mammography centers, a sleep disorders center and a center for wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Centra has experienced tremendous growth, increasing revenue from $600 million to $1 billion in five years, due in part to their aggressive ambulatory strategy and strength of the Centra brand. They continue to expand their regional service area, have earned dozens of national awards for quality, service, safety and patient satisfaction, and are known for their efficiency and financial stability. Excellence in nursing at Centra has been recognized nationally as Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist Hospitals earned Magnet designation in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

The CNO reports to E.W. Tibbs, the System President and Chief Executive Officer, a clinically trained and passionate leader who cares about Centra’s performance in supporting patient care. The CNO will create and manage an environment to provide safe, effective, and high quality, values-based patient care in a fiscally responsible manner. This will be accomplished through direction, support, and development of direct reports and nursing staff, and through work with the clinical and management staff of other divisions.  He/she will assure development of patient care policies and procedures, standards of care, standards of practice, regulatory compliance and procedures to measure, assess and improve patient outcomes, and build positive and mutually supportive relationships between regional facilities’ leadership and staff.

Candidates for the position will be minimally prepared at the graduate level, preferably in nursing, with demonstrated senior level leadership in a complex healthcare delivery setting.  Essential skills are guiding cultural continuity, adjustment and change, combined with a passion for measurable excellence in patient care.

Nominations, expressions of interest, or requests for additional information should be submitted electronically to Paul Bohne and Wendy Brower at

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