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 VCU Health System.
The Authority is charged by statute with the missions of operating its hospitals as teaching hospitals for the benefit of the health sciences 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 VCU Health System and chair of the Authority’s board of directors.
VCU Health is not a legal entity, but the outward-facing brand that encompasses the VCU Health System Authority and its hospitals, clinical operations, physician group, health plan and the Health Sciences Schools of VCU — Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
The services and activities of VCU Health are governed by two separate boards, which are interconnected by a selected number of board seats and ex officio executive positions. The VCU Board of Visitors governs the VCU Health Sciences Schools, and the VCU Health System Authority Board of Directors governs:
- VCU Medical Center (formerly known as MCV Hospitals and Clinics)
- Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU* (includes their Brook Road Campus)
- VCU Community Memorial Hospital** in South Hill, Va.
- MCV Physicians
- CMH Physician Services, LLC
- Virginia Premier Health Plan
VCU Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and VCU Community Memorial Hospital are collectively referred to as VCU Health Hospitals and Clinics.
*In June 2010, the VCU Health System Authority and Children’s Hospital of Richmond officially joined to become Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to provide a unified source of comprehensive, coordinated pediatric care in the region.
**In July 2014, the VCU Health System Authority and Community Memorial Health Center (CMH) in South Hill, Va. joined operations. CMH was renamed Community Memorial Hospital and became part of VCU Health.