LYNCHBURG, Va. — Centra announced today the appointment of Amy F. Carrier to the role of president and CEO, effective Sept. 7, 2021. 

"We conducted a comprehensive national search to ensure we found the best fit for our communities, and the board is confident in the highly qualified individual we have selected to assume leadership of Centra," said Amy Ray, chair of the Centra Board of Directors. "Ms. Carrier's mission-driven focus, approachability, and proven track record of healthcare leadership make her uniquely qualified to successfully lead Centra well into the future." 

Carrier completed her B.A. degree in Labor Studies from Pennsylvania State University and received her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With over 28 years in healthcare, Carrier's experience spans the continuum of care and is reflected in her high regard for the value and contribution of every member of the team. 

Carrier comes to Centra from Bon Secours Mercy Health, where she served as the market president for the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. Prior to that appointment, she served as the COO for Richmond-based Bon Secours Virginia Health System.

Under her leadership, Bon Secours experienced considerable growth in both quality and safety metrics as well as significant improvements in financial performance. In addition, she has proven expertise in strategy, operations, service line development and strong community relations. 

"I am thrilled to join Centra and make the central Virginia community my home," said Carrier. "I am honored to move into this role and to have the opportunity to help guide Centra into the future. I appreciate the board's confidence and look forward to adding to Centra's legacy of excellence in healthcare." 

The Centra Board of Directors also wishes to thank Richard Tugman for his dedication and steadfast leadership during his tenure as interim CEO. Richard will remain with Centra and resume his duties as the president of Piedmont Community Health Plan upon Amy Carrier's arrival in September.

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