Halifax, VA - The Halifax Regional Health System made a big announcement Friday about the future of their hospital and care facilities.
They will be merging with Hampton Roads-based Sentara Healthcare.
Halifax Regional CEO Chris Lumsden says that people can continue to expect the same quality care that they have always received.
But this merger means more support for Halifax Regional and an added level of expertise in health care that is new to this area.
The Halifax Regional Board of Directors had been looking to partner with a healthcare system that could help them in their mission to provide excellent services to the people of Southside.
In Sentara Healthcare, they found just that.
"We think that bringing Sentara on board will help us to better serve the region, Southern Virginia region, as well as to improve the quality of care," said Chris Lumsden, CEO of Halifax Regional Health System.
Sentara is a system of healthcare facilities that includes ten other hospitals across Virginia.
CEO David Bernd says that he hopes his company can support Halifax Regional's growth and learn from them in the process.
"Sentara's history has been more in urban communities, and I think they can help us to manage situations where we'll be involved in communities that are smaller," he said.
Halifax Regional had many potential partners vying for this opportunity, but the board ultimately chose Sentara because they shared many of the same goals and values.
"Their culture, their mission...very consist with our systems and we think we're going to be a very good strategic fit for Sentara," said Lumsden.
And most importantly, Lumsden says he believes this will be a good fit for their greatest asset - their patients.
"The most important aspect of this evaluation was to protect our people. To protect our patients that we serve, our employees, and our medical staff," he said.
During the next few months, Halifax Regional and Sentara must go through a due diligence process in order to complete the merger.
Everything is expected to be finalized by next spring.