Lynchburg’s Centra Health Welcomes New Leadership

After three years of serving as CEO, Amy Carrier has stepped down from her position at Centra Health in Lynchburg. In response, Richard Tugman has been appointed as interim CEO to lead the organization while a search for a permanent leader continues.

According to Thomas Nygaard, chairman of Centra’s board of directors, the decision for leadership change was made through respectful discussions with Carrier. Nygaard emphasized the fast-paced nature of the healthcare industry and how leadership changes are more common now than in the past.

Tugman previously served as interim CEO at Centra in 2021 and is seen as an ideal candidate to guide the organization forward. Despite the change in leadership, ongoing projects in Centra’s modernization plan, such as a behavioral health and rehabilitation hospital and a new medical office building, will continue as planned.

Nygaard mentioned that one of Centra’s top priorities is to expand its emergency room facilities. To achieve this goal, construction of a new patient care tower is currently underway. With Tugman in place as interim CEO, Centra has the flexibility to take its time selecting a permanent leader without any specific timeline set in stone.

As Centra Health moves forward with its leadership transition, it remains committed to providing high-quality care and expanding its services for the Lynchburg community.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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