The Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital Board reached a unanimous decision at its last meeting to rename the Sentara Outpatient Care Center on its Mooretown Road Campus to the Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Outpatient Center. This move is a first of its kind for the hospital and represents the outstanding contributions made by this distinguished community leader and former mayor of Williamsburg.
"Bud Geddy's commitment to making the Williamsburg community a better place was evident in all aspects of his leadership," said Myrl Hairfield, chairman of the Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital Board of Directors. "He was not only dedicated to improving health care services and access, he worked to improve every facet of community life from the civic to the professional to the academic and the spiritual."
Geddy was one of the founders of Williamsburg Community Hospital and remained involved in the hospitals development over the following decades, serving as an advisor and legal council. During its nearly 45-year history, the hospital has grown from a 46,000 square foot, 61-bed community hospital with a medical staff of nine to the new Regional Medical Center set to open in less than one year - of 340,000 square feet, 139 licensed inpatient beds and a medical staff of over 120 physicians.
Geddy was also instrumental in the establishment of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation and served as its founding Board Chair. The Foundation resulted from the affiliation and eventual merger of Williamsburg Community Hospital and Sentara and today is worth more than $110 million. Providing about $5 million in grant monies each year, the Foundations mission is to improve the health of people living in the greater Williamsburg community in collaboration with community partners.
In Geddys honor, the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation established a Healthcare Hero Award for Community Leadership in his name in 2002.
The Board strongly believes that renaming this facility after Bud Geddy is one way to immortalize his legacy and his dedication to improving healthcare for generations to come, Hairfield added.
Geddy served on Williamsburg City Council from the mid 1960s through 1980. The last decade of that tenure he served as Mayor.
"This man had such a significant impact on the development of this community and this hospital, it seems only fitting that a facility dedicated to health be named in his memory," said Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital Administrator Bob Graves. "I feel great about the Boards decision."
A ceremony to honor the late Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. and unveil the new Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Outpatient Center will be held on Friday, October 7th at 1:00 pm, 6601 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg.