Jim Krauss will leave Sentara after 15 years at Sentara RMH Medical Center and 30 years as a healthcare administrator.

Sentara RMH Medical Center President Jim Krauss to retire


Jim Krauss, Sentara Healthcare Corporate Vice President and president of Sentara RMH Medical Center (SRMH), will retire on June 24, 2016. He plans to spend more time with family and focus on teaching healthcare executives of the future. Plans for a new president are in development and will be announced at a later date.

Krauss dedicated 15 of his 30 years in healthcare administration to SRMH.  He was recruited to Rockingham Memorial Hospital in April 2000 to serve as senior vice-president and chief operating officer and was promoted to president and CEO in 2007. Under his leadership, the hospital added its first tertiary service – open heart surgery, built a replacement facility, formed the SRMH Medical Group in 2010 that has since grown to 145 providers, and merged with Sentara Healthcare. SRMH was also ranked #9 in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report in 2014.

“Jim has been an asset to Sentara Healthcare since our merger in 2011 and has been a driving force in improving the quality and access to care for the community SRMH serves,” said Howard Kern, president and chief operating officer of Sentara Healthcare. “While we’re sorry to see him leave SRMH, it’s great that he’ll continue to make a positive impact on the future of health care as he helps educate aspiring healthcare administrators.”

During his time at SRMH, Krauss has been involved in many professional and community activities including: board member Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, board member Harrisonburg Rotary Club, board member WVPT Public Television, founding board member of Explore More Children’s Hands-On Museum, chairman of the board for the Central Atlantic Division of VHA, board member of the Sentara Quality Care Network, member of the Commission on Sciences for Eastern Mennonite University, Chairman of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham United Way Campaign, member of the Mary Baldwin College Healthcare Administration Advisory Council, Charter Member of the Executive Advisory Committee for James Madison University’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, adjunct faculty member of Mary Baldwin College, and has been a frequent speaker and lecturer.

Krauss is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, earned a BA from the Pennsylvania State University, an MA from George Washington University and served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America.

“It has been a privilege and honor to work alongside so many talented professionals who are united by the common goal to improve the health of our community,” said Krauss. “It is bittersweet to move on, but I will do so knowing that our team members and the community are all well supported by Sentara.”