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About Centra

Centra Health (Centra) is a regional nonprofit healthcare system based in Lynchburg, Virginia, serving over 500,000 people as the dominant provider of critical medical services in central and southern Virginia.
Centra Hospital

Mission, Vision and Values

Centra's mission, vision and values are our guiding principles. Our mission is why we exist. It is the compass or true north we use to chart our course and guide our steps. Our vision answers the questions, "where are we going and what will it look like when we get there?" It is who we aspire to be and fuels us to reach for great things. Our values are the fabric of who we are and how we succeed at our mission and vision. They define our culture and remind us what it is to be Centra Caregivers, partnering with you to live your best life.


We exist to improve the health and quality of life for the communities we serve.


Our hope for the future is to pursue excellence, inspire hope and advance health and healing.


Our standards of behavior are respect and kindness, excellence, stewardship, integrity, teamwork and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Centra Board Of Directors

Centra is governed by a board of directors that represents a cross section of the community and understands the area's needs.
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Thomas Nygaard, M.D.

Board Of Directors Chair
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Todd Irby

Board Of Directors Vice Chair
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Kemper Beasley, III

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Clinton S. Beverly, M.D.

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Michael V. Bradford

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Peter Caprise, M.D.

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John A. Fees

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Amy Gallagher

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Cynthia Gunnoe

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Sharon L. Harrup

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Gary Mignogna

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Alison Morrison-Shetlar

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Geeta Rakheram, M.D.

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Bonnie Svrcek

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Gloria T. Witt


  • 1987 - Centra was established through the merger of the Lynchburg General Hospital (LGH) and Virginia Baptist Hospital (VBH).
  • 2006 - Southside Community Hospital (SCH) in Farmville became a Centra affiliate.
  • 2014 - Centra acquired full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital (BMH) in the town of Bedford.

In addition to these four flagship facilities, Centra Health System now includes Centra Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital, a regional standalone emergency department, Centra Pearson Cancer Center, Centra College, and Piedmont Community Health Plan, Inc. 

Centra's services also 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. Additionally, Centra is home to the Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning, the only center in Virginia that offers a full range of simulation experiences.

ADA Website Accessibility Policy

Email Website Accessibility

Centra is committed to providing its Caregivers and community, including persons with disabilities, access to its websites and web-based information and services. In designing the website, Centra endeavors to make every reasonable effort to comply with the web accessibility standards and guidelines established pursuant to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and promulgated by the U.S. Access Board. This website has been designed to reach the widest audience possible.