BON SECOURS’ LEIGH SEWELL PROMOTED TO HOSPITAL CEO

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sewell to lead Mechanicsville and East End Hospitals and College of Nursing 

Richmond, Va. (July 23, 2018) – Leigh Sewell, senior vice president of strategic operations for Bon Secours Virginia has been named CEO of Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital and Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, effective Sept. 5, 2018.

Sewell will work closely with her predecessor, Mark Gordon, to create a seamless transition. Mark Gordon joined the Richmond health system in 2008 and is departing to pursue new opportunities.

“I have worked with Leigh for many years, and she is a strong servant leader who is committed to our ministry,” said Toni R. Ardabell, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “She has a passion for the highest quality of patient-centered care, along with the business acumen needed to lead these three distinct entities.”

Since joining Bon Secours in 2006 Sewell has served in leadership roles in materials management, physician relations and medical staff office and as chief of staff to the CEO of Bon Secours Virginia. As senior vice president of strategic operations across Virginia Sewell has been responsible for service line strategy; strategic communications; rehabilitation operations; behavioral health operations; the project management office and critical care transportation services.

The 224-bed acute-care Memorial Regional Medical Center is one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation, now celebrating 20 years of serving the residents of Hanover and Henrico counties and Virginia’s Northern Neck. The 43-acre campus includes the Hanover Medical Park and the future home of the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, one of the areas distinguished nursing schools with a rich tradition of student-centered education and achievement.

Richmond Community Hospital offers medical, surgical and behavioral health services in the city of Richmond. The 104-bed facility had 35,334 emergency room visits in 2017. The facility includes a medical office building and an outpatient infusion center, and celebrates over 100 years of service to the community. Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center for Healthy Living is part of the hospital’s campus.

“After nine years in corporate sector finance I felt called to make a difference in the health care industry after one of my daughters suffered a brain injury at birth,” said Sewell. “After more than a decade in various aspects of health care, I am honored to lead Richmond Community Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center and the College of Nursing, focusing on meeting the distinct needs of the communities each facility serves.”

Sewell is active in the Richmond community, especially in advocating for those living with a disability. She has served on many community boards and is currently the chair of the 2018-2019 Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association in Richmond. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in finance from James Madison University and a master’s in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.