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Bon Secours Richmond; Hampton Roads form Bon Secours Virginia

CEO Bernard to Lead Statewide Healthcare Ministry

Bon Secours Health System, Inc., announced today the integration of Bon Secours Richmond and Hampton Roads to form Bon Secours Virginia – making it one of the largest health systems in Virginia. Bon Secours is the only faith-based integrated health delivery network in the Commonwealth and will serve as a model for Catholic health systems nationally.

Peter J. Bernard, senior vice president and CEO of Bon Secours Richmond assumed leadership of Bon Secours Virginia on July 4. Bon Secours Virginia has seven hospitals throughout the state – four in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads.

“The integration of Richmond with our sister system in Hampton Roads is strategic and purposeful,” said Bernard. “Our goal is to sustain the mission-driven care that Bon Secours provides both in Hampton Roads and Richmond. Our faith-based care and the legendary mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours have made many positive advancements in healthcare across Virginia and bringing it under one umbrella will only move our mission forward.”

Bon Secours Richmond was recently ranked one of the top 23 Integrated Health Systems in the nation by Verispan as published in the February issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Bon Secours St. Mary’s also recently received national recognition by the Joint Commission on Healthcare; awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ for healthcare quality for Disease-Specific Care Certification. The recognition is for St. Mary’s Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Heart Failure care programs (www.jointcommission.org). St. Mary’s also earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for Advanced Certification for Stroke and, for the second time, has been designated a Primary Stroke Center.

Bon Secours Memorial Regional’s cardiac care and cardiac surgery are ranked in the nation’s top 10% in The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study 2008. As a result of this study, Memorial Regional was awarded the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award and the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for 2008.

“The opportunities to improve the quality and access to health care services across the state of Virginia and business processes across Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI) are uniquely made real in this new model of organization,” said Richard J. Statuto, president and chief executive officer. “I look forward to actively responding to the call of the mission of Bon Secours to serve in new ways to be good help to the communities BSHSI serves.”

Other leadership changes include that of Michael Kerner, executive vice president and administrator, St. Mary’s Hospital for the past five years, who will become CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads, effective Aug. 4. Kerner led the successful expansion and growth of St. Mary’s for half a decade and has over 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership.

A national search is now under way for the new administrator of St. Mary’s, Bon Secours Richmond’s flagship hospital. Bon Secours officials expect to have the position filled by Sept. 1.

Richard A. Hanson, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads, was appointed senior vice president of performance management at Bon Secours Health System. Hanson led Bon Secours in Hampton Roads for 12 years, and during that time helped build the system’s presence in five key geographic areas in Hampton Roads. In his new national role, Hanson will oversee internal consulting resources to support improvements in the clinical and financial performance of Bon Secours as a whole.

Bon Secours Richmond is made up of four hospitals – St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center – as well as Bon Secours HealthSource, comprising more than 20 physician practices, home health care and assisted living facilities.

Bon Secours Reynolds Crossing is the newest facility in Richmond and houses the Bon Secours Heart and Vascular, Cancer and Neuroscience institutes. Richmond employs more than 6,600 staff across its healthcare system.

Bon Secours Hampton Roads is made up of DePaul Medical Center, Maryview Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital. In addition Hampton Roads has physician practices, ambulatory surgery sites and care centers, home health and assisted living facilities – employing more than 4,100 employees across the system.

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