Centra Health

Position: Chief Diversity Officer

Location: Lynchburg, Virginia


Centra is a regional nonprofit healthcare system based in Lynchburg, Virginia that was created in 1987 through the merger of Lynchburg General Hospital (LGH) and Virginia Baptist Hospital (VBH). In 2006, Southside Community Hospital in Farmville joined Centra as an affiliate, and in 2014, Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford became the system's fourth hospital. With more than 8,500 employees, 400 employed providers and physicians, and a medical staff of nearly 800, Centra serves over 500,000 people across 8,000 square miles in central and southern Virginia, providing care in 70 locations.

Centra has a long tradition of learning and teaching, beginning with the founding of its nursing school in 1912 and continuing with the Lynchburg Family Medicine residency program in 1975. Each year, Centra healthcare professionals and members of central Virginia's extended medical community help mentor and train hundreds of medical learners and allied health professionals. Unlike a traditional teaching hospital, Centra offers an innovative approach to medical and allied healthcare education, building precepting models geared towards interprofessional teams in acute and primary care settings.

The mission of Centra health is to provide excellent care for life, and its vision is to be the most trusted provider of innovative health care. In pursuit of these aims, the organization espouses core values of integrity and respect, a drive for excellence, teamwork, and patient-centeredness.


Job Description:

visible commitment of diversity and inclusion programs at all levels of the organization by providing leadership and strategic direction for the development of programs to support

culturally and linguistically appropriate practices in patient services; employee processes of recruitment, evaluation, training/education, and retention; and community engagement.

The Chief Diversity Officer will lead and support efforts to ensure a hospital environment that is inclusive of all patients. This leader will develop, maintain, and monitor training and education systems across the enterprise to support the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate patient interactions and services. The CDO will collaborate with operational, clinical, and quality leaders to implement appropriate race, ethnicity, and language (REaL) data collection to support the analysis of efforts to reduce health disparities.


  • 5-10 years of experience in human resources, business, communications, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of healthcare experience
  • A bachelor's degree is required; a master's degree is preferred
  • Awareness of current trends, concepts, and principles in cultural and linguistic competence in health care
  • Knowledge of organizational change principles and concepts

Search Team:

Jake Barto
Managing Partner

Jamie Cassedy

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