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‘A special day for health care’

Enthusiasm filled the Leggett Auditorium of the Halifax Regional Hospital Tuesday morning.


Officials from Halifax Regional Health System and Sentara Healthcare came together in a ceremonial signing to celebrate the affiliation between the two not-for-profit health care systems. 

After nine months of discussions, the affiliation was made official on July 1 and was commemorated by the signing of a proclamation by Halifax Regional Health Systems Board of Directors Chairman David White Jr., Halifax Regional Health System President Chris Lumsden, Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare David Bernd and Sentara Board of Directors Chairman Robert Fort.

“It’s a special day for health care in our community,” said White.

In welcome remarks, Lumsden told the crowd he felt even better now about the partnership than he did in October. He pointed out the hospital wasn’t just celebrating the new partnership but 60 years Halifax Regional has been providing care. 

The board of directors reached the decision last October based on the common vision and common core values that Halifax Regional Health System shares with Sentara Healthcare.

“Chris and I have been professional colleagues for many years…I am excited about our future,” said Bernd.

 “I’m excited to join in partnership with Halifax Regional Hospital,” Fort agreed.

A banner read, “Honoring our past, strengthening our future,” and Lumsden said it was appropriate to include comments from a long-standing member of the medical staff.

He then invited Dr. Lucien and Mrs. Virginia Roberts and their two granddaughters, Virginia and Talley Roberts, to read the proclamation. Roberts was on the medical staff from 1954 until 1991 and was president from 1962 until 1963.

“It is a privilege to be here and to watch the growth of the hospital,” said Roberts.

Prior to signing the proclamation, Lumsden presented Bernd a plaque of appreciation with a picture of the hospital and a certificate signifying the “dogwood project,” with two trees being planted, one in Norfolk and the other in Halifax County. One tree to be planted is the dogwood symbolizing the Virginia roots and affiliation, and the second tree is a red oak symbolizing the deep roots, said Lumsden.

HRHS encompasses a 192-bed hospital, three long-term care facilities comprising 348 beds, including The Woodview, Seasons at The Woodview and MeadowView Terrace, Halifax Home Health and Halifax Regional Hospice, and the Physician Hospital Enterprise. 

More than 125 physicians make up the System’s medical staff, representing over 25 specialties. HRHS is the largest employer in Halifax County, with more than 1,250 employees, and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Sentara, an integrated health system which operates more than 100 sites of care, serves residents across Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, offering a solid reputation of outstanding quality and service. 

With the addition of Halifax Regional Hospital in South Central Virginia, the system is now comprised of 11 acute care hospitals, including seven in Hampton Roads, one in Northern Virginia and two in the Blue Ridge region. 

Sentara also includes advanced imaging centers, nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, a statewide home health and hospice agency, a 3,700-provider medical staff, medical groups with more than 600 providers, medical transport and a 450,000-member health plan. 

Following the signing of the proclamation, a lunch was served.