Healthcare

The Lynchburg Region in consistently ranked as having one of the highest-quality, lowest-cost healthcare systems in the state. In fact, one of the three hospitals serving the Region has actually been ranked among the top 100 orthopedic and top 100 cardiovascular centers in the nation.
 
Affordable, quality healthcare comes down to access and outcomes. Residents here have access to 18 medical facilities within 60 miles. The Lynchburg Region ranks 50th for health outcomes, 92nd for health factors and 107th for healthy behaviors in Virginia. Residents spend 9.4% less than the national average on health care-related goods and services.

Healthcare is our second largest industry sector in the Region, a valuable asset to our growing communities. Virginia Baptist Hospital provides obstetric, medical-pediatric, neonatal, and psychiatric services for the area. Lynchburg General Hospital operates the area’s emergency department and provides cobalt therapy, and neurological intensive care. In 1986, these two hospitals, decided to merge to form a single healthcare entity. Indeed, with more than 6,000 employees, Centra is one of the top two employers in the Lynchburg Region. In the process, Centra has begun to attract not only world-class specialists bringing innovative procedures, but national attention.

Its accolades include:
  • Ranking in the top five percent of Forbes Magazine’s “Safest Hospitals in America” and “Distinguished Hospitals in Clinical Excellence.”
  • A Premier Care Science Award for placing in the top 1 percent nationally for “quality and efficiency of care.”
  • A place in the top 50 of Reuters’ list of top cardiovascular hospitals.
  • A National Certificate of Distinction in primary health care.
  • Recognition for its community cancer programs by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Top national accreditation for its breast cancer program.
  • The McKesson Technology Solutions VIP Award for best use of information technology.

The area’s third hospital is located in the Town of Bedford and was purchased by Centra in 2014. Johnson Health Center is a non-profit, independent, health center serving Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford and Campbell. It continues to provide affordable and comprehensive healthcare with quality services and fosters strong community partnerships.

With eyes toward our future healthcare, area colleges have been aggressively moving into preparing health professionals. Lynchburg College and Liberty University both have strong nursing programs, while the latter also started a College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014.