Howard Kern

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President and Chief Executive Officer

Howard Kern is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit integrated healthcare organization located in Norfolk, VA with net revenues of $5.1 billion. 

Sentara is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals, 10 nursing centers and 3 assisted living centers in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, with over 1,000 physicians in its four medical groups. Sentara also operates a health plan with 450,000 covered lives in Virginia, Ohio and Alabama (beginning 2017). Sentara has continually ranked as one of the most integrated health care networks in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine, and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 continuously since the survey began.

Mr. Kern’s executive management experience includes 36 years in hospital, managed health insurance, ambulatory services and healthcare finance.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on multiple professional and corporate boards. Mr. Kern obtained his Masters in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, and is on the faculty as a lecturer in the School of Health Administration.  He also completed the CEO Program for Health Care Leadership at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

He serves on numerous corporate and community boards including HealthEast, a not-for-profit integrated delivery system in St. Paul, MN and served as Chairman of the Board of Westminster Canterbury Chesapeake Bay, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, VA until January 2016. He also serves as a board member of Future Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, MDLive, ReInvent Hampton Roads, Town Point Club, Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Wesleyan College.