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Recognitions Centra receives 5-Star Rating from CMS The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have awarded Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital a five-star rating. Only 337 hospitals of the 4,000 hospitals across the United States can claim this highest ranking. In Virginia, Centra is one of eight in the state to be recognized with 5-stars. Notably, Centra Southside Community Hospital and Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital improved from 3 stars, to 4 stars. These ratings can be found on CMS’ Hospital Compare website that has information about the quality, safety and customer experience at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country and is provided to the public to help patients make educated decisions. Visit www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.
Openings Fifth Street Community Health Center opens in downtown Lynchburg
Built to provide primary care as an alternative to emergency departments, the $8 million center that acts as a second location for the Free Clinic of Central Virginia on Main Street, is a collaboration between Centra Health, Free Clinic of Central Virginia and the Community Access Network. The 19,250 square-foot building includes a pharmacy operated by Hill City Pharmacy, laundry and shower facilities, conference rooms and waiting room with seating for 40 people. Horizon Behavioral Health, which offers mental health, substance abuse use and intellectual disability services, also operates a new location out of the clinic. The center is largely serving the uninsured, underinsured and individuals with an income level less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level – about $24,600 for a family of four and will see about 3,000 patients annually. Located on Fifth and Federal Streets and open seven days a week for walk-ins or scheduled appointments. Hours are from 10 am – 10 pm Thursday through Tuesday and on Wednesday from 9 am – 5 pm. Visit www.communityaccessnetwork.org.
Centra names new Chief Medical Officer Chris Thomson, MD is Centra’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Thomson succeeds Daniel Carey, MD who was recently appointed the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the state of Virginia. Dr. Thomson has been with Centra for 11 years, and has been a provider in the community for the last 18 years as an emergency medicine physician. Visit www.centrahealth.com.
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Published on Feb 1, 2018