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South Boston News
Jason Studley / February 02, 2018
The CEO of a Georgia hospital has been named the new president of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston, succeeding longtime hospital chief executive Chris Lumsden when he retires at the end of March after more than 30 years at the helm.

Jason Studley, Lumsden’s successor as president of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, has served as president and CEO of Trinity Hospital of Augusta in Augusta, Ga. for the past five years. Lumsden, who announced his decision to retire in September 2017, will formally step down on March 31.

“We thank Chris for the hard work, leadership, passion, and enthusiasm he has poured into his time at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital over the past 33 years,” said Carol Thomas, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital board chair and Sentara Healthcare board member. “He leaves an outstanding legacy that places Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in a robust position for new leadership to take the reins and excel. We have every confidence that Jason will be a strong, impactful leader for our division as we move forward.”

Studley’s previous experience includes serving as CEO of LV Stabler Memorial Hospital in Montgomery, Ala. He gained additional expertise at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Studley received his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Truman State University, and his Master of Healthcare Administration from Austin Peay State University. He is actively pursuing a Doctor of Health Administration degree from A.T. Still University.

His appointment comes after a search for Lumsden’s successor to ensure a smooth and successful transition of leadership.

“Sentara Healthcare has built a strong reputation as the go-to provider for high-quality health care delivery,” said Studley. “Many health care organizations struggle to act on emerging trends, maintain a culture centered on high-quality/low-risk care, and provide a patient-centered experience. Sentara is the exception and I am honored to join the visionary leaders of the Halifax Division as President. Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital is uniquely positioned to architect the delivery of health care that truly connects the communities it serves,” Studley stated.

In the coming months, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will work with Studley and his family to support their transition and his start date will be forthcoming. The board of directors, Sentara Halifax leadership and medical staff will work together with Studley during the transition before Lumsden officially retires and Studley takes the reins of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

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