Centra is a regional nonprofit healthcare system based in Lynchburg. It was created in 1987 through the merger of the Lynchburg General (LGH) and Virginia Baptist (VBH) hospitals. In 2006, Southside Community Hospital (CSCH) in Farmville joined Centra as an affiliate. In 2014, Bedford Memorial Hospital, in Bedford, joined Centra’s network and became the 4th hospital in the system. With more than 6,400 employees, 300 employed providers and physicians and a medical staff of nearly 600, providing care in 64 locations, Centra serves over 380,000 people throughout central and southern Virginia. Centra provides medical services to patients across a geographic area roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. Centra’s service to the community and commitment to excellent care is demonstrated by its many physician practices, outreach programs, screenings and tests, educational media and publications, and community health programs.