by Van Tate Jr
February 24, 2016
For more than 20 years, David L. Bernd has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a $4.7 billion integrated health system headquartered in Norfolk, Va., comprised of 12 acute-care hospitals, with health plans covering 450,000 lives, 950+ provider medical groups and medical staffs of approximately 3,700 physicians. Under his leadership, Sentara has developed a national reputation for safety, quality, and innovation, and Sentara facilities and programs have even been recognized in the America’s Best Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the past 15 years. Mr. Bernd is leading the organization into a new era of health care, caring for defined populations and transforming the way health care is provided.
Sentara is an innovator utilizing technology to enhance clinical outcomes. Sentara launched the nation’s first electronic intensive care unit (eICU®) system in 2000 to remotely monitor ICU patients across multiple hospitals. In 2002, Sentara reported a reduction in hospital mortality of 26%, with a 17% decrease in ICU length of stay (LOS). Named as one of the top wired health care systems for four consecutive years in Hospitals and Health Networks, Sentara is connecting its hospitals, pharmacists, physicians, nurses, radiologists, long-term care providers and medical transport resources in a seamless communication system called the Sentara eCare Health Network®, an industry-leading electronic medical record. Mr. Bernd was recognized for his commitment to information technology with the 2010 CEO IT Achievement Award by Modern Healthcare. In recognition of the dramatic clinic results achieved through deployment of Sentara eCare®, Sentara also earned the HIMSS Davies Award and HIMSS Stage 7 Award in 2010.
Mr. Bernd received his Master of Hospital and Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973. He served his residency at Norfolk General Hospital (today Sentara Norfolk General Hospital) from 1972-73. Mr. Bernd served as assistant administrator at Norfolk General Hospital from 1973 until 1979 when he was named administrator and was the 1984 recipient of the American College of Hospital Administrators’ Robert S. Hudgens National Young Hospital Administrator of the Year Award. In 1985 Mr. Bernd was named executive vice-president/chief operating officer of Sentara Health System and president, Sentara Hospitals-Norfolk. In December 1994, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Health System (now Sentara Healthcare), assuming the role in March 1995.
Mr. Bernd, was named by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve as a member of the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy Advisory Committee of the Department of Commerce in 2006-2007. He was Chair of the VHHA Board of Directors from November 1994-October 1995, and in 2004, Mr. Bernd served as chairman of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, making him the top elected official of the largest hospital and health system association in the United States.
In addition, Mr. Bernd serves on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University and served as Rector from 2010 – 2012. He has served on the VHA, Inc. Board of Directors, and in October, 2014, Mr. Bernd was appointed by the Secretary of the Army as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. He is past Chairman of the United Way of South Hampton Roads Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Board of YMCA of South Hampton Roads.