David L. Bernd

For over 20 years, David L. Bernd served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a $5.2 billion integrated health system headquartered in Norfolk, VA. Under his leadership, Sentara developed a national reputation for safety, quality, and innovation, and their facilities and programs have been recognized in the America’s Best Hospital’s rankings by U.S. News & World Report. David was recognized for his commitment to information technology with the 2010 CEO IT Achievement Award by Modern Healthcare.

Mr. Bernd received his Master of Hospital and Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973 and served his residency at Norfolk General Hospital. He served as assistant administrator from 1973 until 1979 when he was named administrator and was the 1984 recipient of the American College of Hospital Administrators’ Robert S. Hudgens National Young Hospital Administrator of the Year Award. In 1985, he was named executive vice-president/COO of Sentara Health System and president, Sentara Hospitals-Norfolk. He was named CEO of Sentara Health System, assuming the role in March 1995.

Mr. Bernd serves as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, and is a member of the boards of EdLogics, LHP Hospital Group, and Madison Dear born Partners Advisory Board. He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Helen . They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.