LYNCHBURG, VA. – Centra is pleased to announce the appointment of Georgia Harrington, MSHA, to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer (COO). She will join Centra on October 12, 2020. This position was previously held by Kerry Watson, Interim COO, who will be departing the organization shortly after Harrington’s arrival. 

Since arriving in May 2019, Dr. Andy Mueller, Centra’s President and CEO, has been focusing on building a strong and steadfast executive leadership team. “Georgia stood out among the applicants we received through her extensive leadership experience and passion for patients,” said Mueller. “This passion aligns with Centra’s future goals as we partner with our community to live their best lives.” 

Georgia joins Centra after serving as the Senior Vice President of Operations at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to that, she served at WakeMed Health and Hospitals as their Vice President of Operations. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Master of Science in Health Administration from VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Georgia has more than 20 years of healthcare operations experience. 

Georgia will direct system-wide operations and related facilities to ensure operations are appropriately aligned with the organization’s future. Her depth and breadth of experience, from expanding clinical services to strategic planning, makes her a perfect fit for Centra. She will be responsible for providing leadership and operational guidance. 

About Centra 

Centra is a regional non-profit healthcare system based in Central Virginia that was created in 1987 with the merger of Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist hospitals; as well as Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, Virginia, Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Virginia and the Centra Medical Group (CMG). CMG is a network of local family practices, primary care physicians, and medical and surgical specialists. With more than 8,500 employees, 580 employed providers and physicians and a medical staff of nearly 1,000, providing care in 70 locations, Centra serves over 500,000 people throughout central and southern Virginia. Centra provides medical services to patients across 8,000 square miles.