Health System: VCU, Community Memorial Healthcenter celebrate affiliation

Wayne Parrish, chairman of the CMH Board of Directors; Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System; Scott Burnette, CMH president and CEO

Wayne Parrish, chairman of the CMH Board of Directors; Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System; Scott Burnette, CMH president and CEO

Representatives of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) in South Hill, Va., signed an affiliation agreement on Friday to join operations on July 1. With the agreement, which was celebrated at a community ceremony and reception in South Hill, CMH is renamed VCU Community Memorial Hospital and is part of the VCU Health System.

The affiliation will expand the range and depth of health care delivery for residents of Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina. Under the agreement, the VCU Health System will commit a minimum of $75 million in new strategic investments in CMH, including a new hospital facility, health care technologies, clinical initiatives and physician recruitment.

VCU and CMH representatives addressed a crowd of nearly 300 leaders, employees and community members. Virginia Sen. Frank Ruff and Del. Tommy Wright were in the audience and were recognized for supporting efforts to improve health care in the region.

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