Culpeper Medical Center Leadership

Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center Leadership

Peter Bernard 
CEO, Novant Health UVA Health System

Peter Bernard has more than 25 years of experience as a chief executive officer for hospitals and healthcare systems and has successfully evolved organizational cultures to deliver integrated, high-quality and cost-efficient healthcare. He joins our organization most recently from Bon Secours Health System where he oversaw nine acute care and 75 ambulatory sites in Virginia and led his team in increasing market share growth, financial performance, clinical innovation, quality outcomes and customer service.

During his time with Bon Secours, he served in various leadership roles for regional hospital systems within the health system’s broader network. Under his leadership, the organization implemented EPIC and the Eastern division returned from a negative margin performance to sustainable profitability. In addition, two hospitals of the Virginia system received perfect scores in 2010 for premier CMS demonstration. Bon Secours Richmond Health System was also recognized by Gallup as a four-time winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). Prior to working at Bon Secours, Peter served in administrative roles at hospitals in Kentucky, South Dakota, Texas and Iowa.


Chuck Coder
CFO, Novant Health UVA Health System


Jeff Hetmanski
President and COO, Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center

Hetmanski joins Culpeper Medical Center from the University of Virginia Health System, where he served as director of finance and community operations. He also previously served as chief financial officer at Culpeper Medical Center from 2014 to 2016 and was responsible for all financial areas of the hospital. “Jeff's tenure at Culpeper Medical Center combined with his experience at UVA make him an excellent fit,” said Barrell. “The board and leadership team at Culpeper Medical Center are excited about his appointment and trust that there will be leadership continuity as Jeff begins serving in this role.” Hetmanski earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also six sigma black belt certified.


Board of Trustees, Officers and Physician Representatives

Charles Barrell 

Chair
Attorney and Managing Partner, Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC

Charles Barrell is a founding partner of Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, P.L.C, a law firm in Culpeper, Virginia. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Culpeper Regional Health System and Culpeper Regional Hospital in 2013, serving as Treasurer. A graduate of Culpeper County High School, Barrell received a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a law degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is married to Jane Inskeep Barrell, who is a former member of the Hospital Board of Trustees. They live in Culpeper County. Barrell also serves as president of the Culpeper Recreation Foundation and treasurer of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation, of which he is also a member of the Board of Directors.


Richard Shannon, MD
Vice Chair, EVP, Health Affairs, University of Virginia

Dr. Richard Shannon is the vice chair of the Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center Board of Trustees. He serves as the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he is responsible for aligning the key components of the University of Virginia Health System to achieve the goal of becoming a top-decile academic medical center. Prior to joining the University of Virginia Health System, Shannon served as the Frank Wister Thomas Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shannon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, and his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. He did his training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, his cardiovascular training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and was the Francis Weld Peabody Fellow and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston before becoming the Claude R. Joyner Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shannon is an elected member of honorary organizations, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and served as a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently is a teaching fellow for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, a member of the Board of Directors of the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., where he chairs the Quality and Health Innovation Program.


Larry Fitzgerald
Vice Chair and Treasurer

Associate Vice President for Business Development and Finance, University of Virginia Health System

Larry Fitzgerald is the treasurer of the Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center Board of Trustees. He serves as the Health System Chief Financial and Business Development Officer for the University of Virginia. Fitzgerald previously held similar positions with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania and with American Medical International. He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, the Medicare program, managed care contracting, and strategic planning. He has also held the positions of chief financial officer of a faculty practice plan and the chief information officer for a large multi-hospital academic medical center. He serves on a number of boards and is a frequent speaker on a wide variety of financial issues. Fitzgerald graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, magna cum laude, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Sharon Clark
Secretary; Owner, Pepperberries

Sharon Welch Clark is the secretary of the Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center Board of Trustees. She is the owner of Pepperberries, a gift shop in downtown Culpeper, VA. Previously, Clark previously worked at Canon USA for 23 years in various roles including accounting, product training, sales and management.

Clark served as the 2014 Chairman of the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Culpeper Renaissance Inc., the Culpeper Wellness Foundation and Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center where she serves on the board quality committee and the images committee. She partnered with Culpeper Medical Center to create Pamper Me Pink, an annual fundraising event that encourages women to take time for pampering and education about their health. She also received the Culpeper County Good Scout award in 2014 and was named the Small Business Person of the Year in 2004.


Sally Nan Barber
Special Advisor to the EVP for Health Affairs & Director of State and Federal Relations, University of Virginia Health System

Sally Barber current serves as the Special Advisor to the EVP for Health Affairs and Director of State and Federal Relations, UVA Health System. She has worked at the University of Virginia since January 2000. She serves as counselor and advisor to the EVP for Health Affairs and senior leadership of the Health System, and her duties include oversight of legal matters within the Health System, management of state and federal governmental relations for the Health System, and preparation for and coordination of Health System board meetings. Prior to returning to Charlottesville to work at UVA, she was a partner in private practice with the law firm of Parker, Poe in Charlotte, North Carolina, where her area of expertise was in health care law and transactions. Barber is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Barber is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Bar Association and a past member of the North Carolina Bar Association. She has served on numerous committees while at UVA and is a recipient of the University’s Equal Opportunity Programs Champion Award and a member of the Raven Society.


Dr. James Denton
President of the medical staff at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center

Dr. James Denton is the current president of the medical staff at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. He also serves as the director of surgery and is board certified in general surgery and general vascular surgery. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Denton did his training in general surgery at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama and his peripheral vascular training at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Denton has been a member of the Virginia Board of Medicine as well as the Life Resources Regional Donor Center Board of Trustees. He has also served the Virginia Surgical Society as a council member, treasurer and president.


Dr. Hortense Hinton

Dr. Hortense Hinton retired from a 40 year career in higher education in 2012. She joined Northern Virginia Community College in 2000 as dean of students at its Alexandria campus. She also served as interim vice president for academic and student services and in 2004, was appointed the provost of the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College where she managed all academic and student services at the campus. In transition to retirement in June 2012, Hinton became special assistant to the president of Northern Virginia Community College and the college’s liaison to the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. Prior to serving at Northern Virginia Community College, Hinton held administrative positions at Germanna Community College (1988-2000), the University of Virginia (1978-1988) and the University of the District of Columbia (1971-1978).

Hinton has served on the board of directors for the Prince William County – Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce and the Prince William County Economic Development Council. Regionally, she has served on the board of the Virginia Network of the American Council on Education, the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Equal Opportunity Council. Nationally, she is a member of the American Association of Community College’s President’s Roundtable and its Association of Women in Community Colleges.

Hinton earned a doctorate in counselor education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, a master’s degree in counseling at the University of District Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.


Scott Syverud, MD
President of the Clinical Staff, University of Virginia Health System

Dr. Scott Syverud is a practicing emergency physician and president of the Clinical Staff of the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has served on the Culpeper Medical Center Board Quality Committee since 2010 and worked in the emergency department of Culpeper Medical Center from 2009-2012. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and teaches in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and his medical degree from the State University of New York in Syracuse, New York. Syverud received his specialty training at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Syverud serves on the boards of the University of Virginia Medical Center, the Piedmont Liability Trust, and the University Physicians Group. He has led teams of University of Virginia Medical Center and Culpeper Medical Center volunteers providing free health care after disasters in Haiti and New Orleans, and at twenty Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics in far southwest Virginia. Syverud is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a past president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He and his wife Geraldine Syverud have five children.


Jeff Hetmanski
(ex-officio, non-voting), COO, Culpeper Medical Center

Hetmanski joins Culpeper Medical Center from the University of Virginia Health System, where he served as director of finance and community operations. He also previously served as chief financial officer at Culpeper Medical Center from 2014 to 2016 and was responsible for all financial areas of the hospital. Hetmanski replaces Greg Napps, former president of Culpeper Medical Center, who begins his new role as president of Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center on Oct. 2. “Jeff's tenure at Culpeper Medical Center combined with his experience at UVA make him an excellent fit,” said Barrell. “The board and leadership team at Culpeper Medical Center are excited about his appointment and trust that there will be leadership continuity as Jeff begins serving in this role.” Hetmanski earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also six sigma black belt certified.


James Edward Ferguson, II (Jef), MD, MBA 

W. Norman Thornton, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia

Dr. James E. (Jef) Ferguson is the W. Norman Thornton, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Ferguson graduated from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1977. After completing his residency at Stanford University, he served as chief resident from 1980-1981 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was in private practice for one year and then returned to Stanford University to complete a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1982-1984. He obtained an MBA in Healthcare Administration at George Washington University in 2008.

He is a member of several professional societies and has served as President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in numerous leadership roles including Director and Treasurer.

His research has focused on the pharmacologic treatment of preterm labor, techniques of prenatal diagnosis, the effects of periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes, and the consequences of intimate partner violence. Currently, Dr. Ferguson is a referee for many respected journals and section editor for Obstetrics in the Journal of Women’s Health. In addition to his research and work with patients, he has written over 120 journal articles and chapters and over 90 abstracts that have been presented at regional, national and international research meetings.