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Our Leadership

In April 1996, Gov. George Allen signed legislation that established the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Hospitals Authority. On July 1, 1997, the operations, employees and obligations of MCV Hospitals (formerly a division of VCU) were transferred to the Authority. Three years later, in connection with legislation signed by Gov. James Gilmore, the MCV Hospitals Authority became the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority (the Authority) through the “Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority Act” (Code of Virginia § 23-50.16). Through this act, the clinical activities of our hospitals and clinics, MCV Physicians and VCU School of Medicine are now coordinated and integrated by and through the Authority.

The Authority is charged by statute with the missions of operating its hospitals as teaching hospitals for the benefit of the health sciences college and schools of VCU, providing high-quality patient care and providing a site for medical and biomedical research, all of which missions are required to be performed in close affiliation with the Office of the Vice President for VCU Health Sciences. VCU’s vice president for health sciences also serves as the CEO of the VCU Health System Authority, and VCU’s president also serves as the president of the health system and chair of the Authority’s board of directors. 

Governance

The services and activities of VCU Health are governed by two separate boards, which are interconnected through cross-membership by a selected number of board seats and select ex officio executive positions. VCU’s Board of Visitors governs the Health Sciences college and schools. VCU Health System Authority's Board of Directors governs our hospitals, clinical operations and services, which are governed in conjunction with their own individual boards.

Our hospitals:

  • VCU Medical Center
  • VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital
  • VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital

Our Health Sciences college and schools:

  • VCU College of Health Professions
  • VCU School of Dentistry
  • VCU School of Medicine
  • VCU School of Nursing
  • VCU School of Pharmacy

Our practice plans, clinical operations and other health-related services:

  • VCU Health Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • VCU Health Children's Services at Brook Road
  • VCU Health CMH Physicians
  • VCU Health Continuing Education
  • VCU Health MCV Physicians
  • University Health Services, Inc.