John Barnhart
Centra employees applaud as Bedford Memorial Hospital's new sign is unveiled. The Hospital, formerly co-owned by Carilion and Centra officially passed to 100 percent Centra ownership on July 1.
Bedford Memorial now part of Centra

    Bedford Memorial Hospital held a picnic on its front lawn, July 1, to formally mark its first day as part of Centra’s hospital system.

    “This is the day the Lord has made,” said Laura Carey, one of the hospital’s volunteer chaplains and the first speaker.
    Carey was born in the old John Russell Hospital, which Bedford Memorial replaced.
    “They were getting ready to tear it down and I had to be born,” she commented.