Summer has arrived in Central Virginia, and with it a heightened sense of optimism. For the first time since early last year, there is a buzz around town, a pep in our step and many unmasked faces. People are out enjoying public spaces, restaurants and other community events. It sure feels like we have come around the bend to a brighter future.
COVID-19 taking a back seat in our lives, however, is not the only change in the air. Since January, we have been searching for the next president to lead Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and as of this writing, we have not yet found the right person. Chief Operating Officer Amy Black, who began serving as interim president in March, has accepted the opportunity to take her talents to Sentara Obici Hospital to be their interim president. Amy did a terrific job serving as interim president there for five months in 2019, and therefore was the logical choice once again. While Amy is fulfilling her new interim role, I will be serving as interim president at Sentara Martha Jefferson to help ensure a seamless transition.
In my short time at the hospital, I have already had the opportunity to meet many of you, and I look forward to meeting many more over the next few months. I appreciate the warm welcome I’ve received and have enjoyed learning about Sentara Martha Jefferson and viewing firsthand the exceptional care we provide to the community we are privileged to serve. Additionally, the time I am spending in Charlottesville provides me better insight into ensuring that we select the right person to lead this special hospital. I grew up in Charlottesville, left for 10 years, and returned professionally to work for five years before leaving the area again. Although some things have changed in this area over the years, many things remain much the same. My wife and I still have lots of family in the area, and it is good to be home again, even if only for a little while.
One of the main things I am excited to be a part of in my interim role is the celebration of two 10-year anniversaries. In June, Sentara Martha Jefferson celebrated 10 years as part of Sentara. Since joining the larger Sentara family, the hospital has been able to add office locations and practices through Central Virginia, offer new clinical services like neurointerventional radiology and advanced GI, and continue to improve upon the legacy of providing strong quality outcomes and the Caring Tradition to those we serve. Additionally, in August, we will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of our move from Locust Avenue to our present location on Pantops. On page 19, you can read more about the advancements and successes we’ve seen over this past decade.
We have so many positive events and milestones to celebrate. As we enter these warm summer months and responsibly return to a new sense of normalcy, I hope you will find time to spend with your loved ones and reflect on the past 14 months. There are many reasons to be proud, thankful, hopeful, appreciative and optimistic as we take a peek back—and focus onward to our bright future together.