David Bernd
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David Bernd

David was most the CEO of Sentara Healthcare for 21 years. Under his leadership, Modern Healthcare recognized Sentara four times as the nation’s #1 Integrated Healthcare System and as the only health care system in the nation to be named in the Top 10 for 15 years.

David assumed the CEO position in 1995, when Sentara was a $600 million system with four hospitals, a newly formed 63-physician medical group and a 143,000-member health plan. While at the helm, David transformed Sentara into the largest health system in Virginia based on revenue of $4.7 billion, multi-state, integrated system with 12 hospitals, four medical groups with 900+ providers, a 450,000+ member health plan, and life care and home care services.

Among other things, David is most proud that:

  • Sentara was the first healthcare system in the world to implement an eICU.
  • Sentara was named as one of the Top Wired Healthcare Systems for four consecutive years in Hospitals and Hospital Networks.
  • Eight Sentara hospitals earned the highest grade of “A” for delivering safe care to patients according to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores (2013)
  • Sentara was recognized as one of the Top 10 Health Systems in the U.S. by the National Committee for Quality Health Care (1994).

He has a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from the Medical College of Virginia.