Congratulations James Bryant as the new Vice President of Emergency Services for Centra Health

HARTZ Search is excited to announce the placement of James Bryant as the new Vice President of Emergency Services for Centra Health!

After an extensive national search, James Bryant was named as the new Vice President of Emergency Services for Centra Health. In this role and in partnership with the Medical Director of Emergency Services, James Bryant will be responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, operations, and management of Centra Emergency Services and reports to the SVP Chief Physician Executive. He is responsible to lead the implementation of best practice workflows to improve and standardize all aspects of operations of the four Centra Emergency Departments and coordinate with nursing, hospitalists partners and other physicians, and administrative leaders of LGH, SCH, Gretna, and BMH to ensure sustainable safe, quality care. James will be the system-level oversight for the Emergency Departments at LGH, SCH, Gretna, and BMH as well as the ED observation unit, and will have active involvement in the Urgent Care strategic leadership.


Our sincere congratulations to James Bryant and Centra Health!

James Byrant joins Centra Health from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. Mr. Bryant was responsible for four emergency departments including a Level II Adult Trauma Center, Chest Pain Center, Stroke Center, Behavioral Health Observation Unit, Clinical Decision/Observation, and Pediatrics (108 treatment spaces with 92,000 visits annually).

James Bryant is a healthcare executive with over 37 years of progressive experience, ranging from direct patient care to Associate Chief Nursing Officer of a nationally and internationally recognized healthcare enterprise. A hospital-based community ED seeing approximately 29,000 patients annually; a stand-Alone Emergency Department with an annual volume of 36,500, a Critical Access Hospital ED with growing ED patient volume, currently 28,000; and an ED Patient Assistance Center, a system-based follow-up and referral center for all four campuses.

James Bryant earned his BSN from Western Carolina University, MSN from John Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing. He holds the following credentials: Nursing Executive Certification Advanced – Board Certified; Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse – Adult (CCRN); Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN); Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN); Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR); Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS and ACLS) American Heart Association; and trained in Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness.

Centra is a regional nonprofit healthcare system based in Lynchburg, Virginia. With more than 8,500 employees, 400 employed providers and physicians and a medical staff of nearly 800, providing care in 70 locations, Centra serves over 500,000 people throughout central and southern Virginia. 

HARTZ Search is a proud partner of Centra Health! We look forward to following the continued success of both James Bryant, the new Vice President of Emergency Services, and Centra Health!