Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Names New President

Jeff Joyner to begin in June 2023


(Woodbridge, Va.) – Sentara Health announced today that Jeff Joyner, MHA, FACHE, has been named President of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) in Woodbridge, Va. Joyner will begin his tenure at SNVMC in June 2023.

Joyner comes to Sentara from Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, N.Y. where he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Hospital Executive at A.O. Fox Hospital, part of the Bassett Healthcare Network. He is recognized for creating a new culture and philosophy of growth for the hospital. Prior to joining Basset Healthcare Network in 2015, he served as System Vice President, Operations at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, N.J. (2013 – 2015).

“Following a national search, Sentara is proud to have Jeff Joyner join our organization to lead our operations in the Northern Virginia region,” said Paul A. Gaden, Regional President, Western Region of Sentara Health, which is headquartered in Hampton Roads, Va. “Jeff is an innovative and results-driven leader with a successful record in healthcare administration and government, and he has the strategic acumen to help Sentara achieve its mission to improve health every day.”

Joyner is returning to the Washington metropolitan area having held healthcare leadership positions that include: Vice President, Professional Services at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. (2009 – 2013); Vice President, Patient Support Services and Director of Patient Registration at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. (2001 – 2009); and Operations Manager of International Services and Financial Manager of Patient Access Services at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University Hospital (1998 – 2001).

"I am excited about joining the Sentara team,” said Joyner. “One of the things that attracted me to the organization is not only the cutting-edge work being done in the Northern Virginia region but also broadly across Sentara Health that is known for being an innovative and progressive healthcare delivery system in the U.S.”

Skilled across all sectors of the patient delivery continuum, Joyner has extensive experience in all support and ancillary services, program development and strategic planning, board and foundation development, medical staff relations and recruitment, managed care, marketing, community relations, system development, population health and international services.

SNVMC is a 183-bed not-for-profit hospital with clinical services that include advanced imaging, cancer services, diabetes management, emergency care, heart and vascular care, lab services, neurosurgery, primary care, orthopedics, physical therapy, urology, weight loss surgery, wound care, women's services, and more. As a Trauma III designated medical center, SNVMC combines the resources of a major health system with the compassionate, personalized care of a community hospital.

In his new role, Joyner will also oversee operations at the Lake Ridge Ambulatory Surgery Center, local Sentara Medical Group and primary care practices, as well as other Sentara Advanced Imaging Centers and Sentara Therapy Centers in Woodbridge, Dumfries, Stafford, Lorton, and soon to open in Alexandria.

Joyner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Economics at the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Master of Health Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Joyner has been a volunteer for the National Alzheimer’s Association, Special Olympics, and New York State Mentoring Program. He has been a member of the Oneonta Rotary, the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, the Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Committee, and has chaired the board of the Otsego Industrial Development Agency

Since January 2023, Christopher Pierson, MHA, has served as Interim-President of SNVMC while continuing in his leadership role of Division Chief Operating Officer at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Prior to Pierson, Katherine A. Johnson, PhD, served as President since December 2016.

Learn more about Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and services available in the region at

About Sentara Health •
Sentara, an integrated, not-for-profit health care delivery system, celebrates 135 years in pursuit of its mission—"we improve health every day.” Sentara is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and among the top 20 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, with 30,000 employees, 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and the Sentara Health Plans division which serves more than 1.2 million members in Virginia and Florida. Sentara is recognized nationally for clinical quality and safety and is strategically focused on innovation and creating an extraordinary health care experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s “Top 15 Health Systems” (2021, 2018), and was recognized by Forbes as a “Best Employer for New Grads” (2022), “Best Employer for Veterans” (2022), and “Best Employer for Women” (2020).


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