Mr. David L. Bernd was appointed to the Board of Visitors on July 1, 2008, and was reappointed to a second four-year term on July 1, 2012. He served as Rector of the Board from 2010 to 2012. He currently serves as vice chair of the Academic & Research Advancement Committee and as a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee.
Mr. Bernd is chief executive officer of Sentara Healthcare, a $5 billion integrated health System headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Sentara, a leading not-for-profit health care provider in Virginia and North Carolina, is comprised of 10 acute care hospitals, health plans with 440,000 covered lives, 618 provider medical group and a medical staff of 3,680 physicians. Sentara was ranked the number one integrated health care network in the United States consecutively in 2010 and 2011 by Modern Healthcare magazine and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 for 15 years.
Sentara is an innovator utilizing technology to enhance clinical outcomes. Sentara was the first in the world to implement eICU, a remote monitoring and management system for critical care patients. This technologically advanced patient monitoring system has produced a dramatic reduction in intensive care mortality. 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®, in 2010 Sentara also earned the HIMSS Davies Award and HIMSS Stage 7 Award.
Sentara is listed in the U.S. News and World Report annual guide to "America's Best Hospitals." In 2012, urology services and heart and heart surgery services at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranked in the Top 50 Hospitals. This marks the 13th year Sentara cardiac services ranked on the Top 50 list. Listed 47th in the U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals, it was the only hospital in Virginia to be ranked among the top 50. In 2009, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranked in the Top 50 Hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery, kidney diseases, diabetes and endocrine disorders and geriatric care. Sentara Leigh Hospital ranked in the Top 50 Hospitals in orthopedics. In 2010, Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center earned top performance in the Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program ™. In 2003 Solucient honored the cardiac program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as one of the Top 100 programs in the nation. In 2009 Optima Health Plan, Sentara Health Plan and Optima Health Plan's HMO Medicaid product were all awarded the highest accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Optima Health Plan, was named number 50 in U.S. News And World Report's "America's Best Health Plans" for 2006. In 2006 Sentara was named to Leapfrog's Top Hospitals. In October 1998, Sentara was honored with the C. Everett Koop National Health Award for Sentara's Healthy Edge employee wellness program. In 1997, Sentara's Clinical Care Improvement Using Artificial Intelligence Assisted Disease Analysis-Med AI-was approved for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. In 1994, Sentara was recognized by The National Committee for Quality Health Care as one of the top 10 health systems in the U.S. In 2011, Sentara was also named the 5th largest-medical home in the country, by Modern Healthcare, and 11 Sentara Medical Group practices have been awarded the highest-level of recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections Program®-Patient Centered Medical Home.
Mr. Bernd received his Master of Hospital and Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973. He served his residency at Medical Center Hospitals 1972-73. Mr. Bernd served as assistant administrator at Sentara Norfolk General from 1973 until 1979 when he was named administrator. 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 President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Health System (now Sentara Healthcare).
Mr. Bernd, was named by the 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 2004 he 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, he is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as Rector on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University. David currently serves on the boards of Vitalize Consulting Solutions and LHP Hospital Group, Inc. He has served on the VHA, Inc. Board of Directors; South Trust Bank Board of Directors; the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Regional Board; and as Chairman of the Hampton Roads YMCAs. He is past Chairman of the United Way of South Hampton Roads Board of Directors and the Virginia Hospital Association Board of Directors. Mr. Bernd was the 1984 recipient of the American College of Hospital Administrators' Robert S. Hudgens National Young Hospital Administrator of the Year Award.
He resides with his wife Helen in Virginia Beach, Virginia.