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Lumsden sets retirement at Sentara Halifax Regional

South Boston News
Chris Lumsden / September 15, 2017
Chris A. Lumsden, President of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has announced his intent to retire effective March 31.

Lumsden’s leadership began at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital when he became the Chief Operating Officer in June 1985. He served in that role for nearly three years before he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in March 1988. With the merger of Sentara Healthcare and Halifax Regional Health System, Lumsden became President of SHRH in 2013.

“During his career, Chris has accomplished many milestones that improved access and healthcare for the people of Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Charlotte counties,” said Carol Thomas, chair of the Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital Board of Directors and member of the Sentara Healthcare Board of Directors. “Thanks to his tireless efforts and dedication, the region has seen the expansion of specialty services like cardiology, pulmonology, oncology as well as primary care, and dramatically increased physician recruitment and retention,” explained Thomas. “Chris has been instrumental in expanding skilled long term care services in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties, as well as leading the charge to establish dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia neighborhoods and therapy gymnasiums at both Sentara Woodview and Sentara MeadowView Terrace.”

During his tenure, the hospital has seen the addition of East 3, ICU, the large-scale construction of East 4 and 5, and the many on-campus medical office buildings. In 2013, Lumsden spearheaded the merger of Sentara Healthcare and Halifax Regional Health System. Now, under Lumsden’s leadership, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has been designated as one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the U.S.

Community building and economic development have always been important to Lumsden. Through his leadership, the Halifax division has become a major economic pillar and is the largest employer in the region. While his leadership and vision have grown and expanded healthcare services in southern Virginia, he has also actively driven the development of higher education through the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and the Virginia Community College System, economic development through the Halifax County IDA and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, healthcare development as Chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, and community growth as a whole through projects like the redevelopment of the local YMCA.

“As we transition into a new era at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, I want to thank Chris for his many years of service, commitment to members of the team, and dedication to delivering the highest-quality patient care,” said Habib Bassil, M.D., chair of the Medical Affairs committee at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. “Throughout his career, Chris has truly embodied our mission to improve the health of our patients and members every day.”

Leadership at Sentara Healthcare plans to work diligently to fill Lumsden’s role to facilitate a smooth transition.

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