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Teresa L. Edwards joins Sentara on September 15

August 21, 2008 - Norfolk, Va. - Sentara Healthcare officials announced today the selection of Teresa L. Edwards as vice president and administrator of Sentara Leigh Hospital. Edwards is currently the executive vice president, administrator at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Richmond, a position she has held since 2003.

She was responsible for the operational planning and opening of the 130-bed acute care hospital and affiliated sites of Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, which opened in September 2005. Since the facility’s opening, she has been responsible for operations, medical staff development, hospital staff recruitment, quality and community relations.

“Terrie’s proven operational expertise was a driving factor in her selection,” said Michael V. Gentry, corporate vice president, Southside. “Her 20 years of experience in hospital and physician group leadership will be invaluable in helping to guide Sentara Leigh to the next level of high quality, safe, patient-centered care.”

Prior to becoming vice president, administrator at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Edwards served as executive administrator of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Associates in Richmond from 1999 to 2003. From 1995 to 1999, she served as chief operating officer of Williamsburg Community Hospital. At Williamsburg she provided input into the hospital Strategic Plan, 5 Year Vision and the Sentara Peninsula Plan, and led hospital operations including all hospital patient care, clinical diagnostic and support services.

She previously served as vice president/facilities at Williamsburg Community Hospital, and held a variety of positions with Henrico Doctors’ Hospital (HCA), including assistant and associate administrator, in 1985 and 1989, respectively, and as director of nursing finance from 1984-1985.

She holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives in 1998. She became a Certified Medical Practice Executive in 2000.

Edwards will begin at Sentara Leigh Hospital on September 15.


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