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Community Memorial Healthcenter becomes part of VCU Health System / April 07, 2014
The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) in South Hill announced an agreement Monday to join operations to expand the range and depth of healthcare delivery for residents of Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina.

The agreement is expected to be complete by June 30 pending federal and state regulatory approvals. CMH will become a part of the VCU Health System and will be renamed VCU Community Memorial Hospital. With the affiliation, the VCU Health System will commit a minimum of $75 million in new strategic investments in CMH, including a new hospital facility, healthcare technologies, clinical initiatives and physician recruitment.

The affiliation brings together two high-performing organizations, combining the clinical expertise of the community-based hospital with the nationally ranked programs of the VCU Medical Center under the umbrella of the VCU Health System.

“By combining resources, the VCU Health System and CMH can do more to improve the health of the community than either could do independently,” said Michael Rao, president of VCU and the VCU Health System. “Working together as part of an academic medical center will ensure the residents of southern Virginia have access to our nationally recognized specialists. It also strengthens learning and research opportunities for our students and faculty.”

CMH, which has received numerous state and national recognitions for quality patient care and customer service, is licensed for 99 acute care and 161 long-term care beds and provides a wide array of in-patient and outpatient services. It is one of the area’s largest employers with approximately 800 employees and 200 volunteers. Eighty-five physicians representing 30 medical specialties have privileges at CMH.

With the affiliation, CMH employees join about 9,000 VCU Health System employees. There will continue to be a CMH board of directors, with both local and VCU Health System appointments. Under the new structure, leaders from surrounding communities and CMH will continue to represent local interests on governance and strategic planning, and the CMH Foundation will continue to be a vital philanthropic arm of CMH.

The VCU Health System already has a presence at CMH through a partnership with the VCU Massey Cancer Center that provides outpatient medical hematology-oncology and radiation oncology. In addition, the organizations have a rich history of collaboration in providing other clinical and educational services.

“Both organizations are deeply committed to improving the health of the communities they serve, and we recognized that joining forces with the VCU Health System enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We are excited about the future of healthcare for this region,” said W. Scott Burnette, president and CEO of Community Memorial Healthcenter.

John Duval, CEO of MCV Hospitals, said that residents of Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina will have greater access to the full range of advanced healthcare services offered by the VCU Health System, including a broader range of medical specialists, clinical trials and state-of-the-art technology.


About VCU and the VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see

About CMH
Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) provides comprehensive medical, surgical and long-term care services for the residents of Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina. Since 1954, CMH’s employees, physicians, volunteers and board of directors have worked to fulfill the hospital’s mission of providing excellence in the delivery of healthcare. For more information about Community Memorial Healthcenter visit

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This is great news. we are in need of more nurses with complete degrees. such as skill care is very short in that area as I spent 4 months there in suppose to be physical thearpy. its urgemt that a lot of fields be addressed. I have been affiliated with this hospital since it was built. but Improvement needs to be done badley and I feel this is a great move. Thank you, Lena wife95

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