There’s a new boss taking the reins of one of Richmond’s biggest hospital chains.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System announced Wednesday that Toni Ardabell will take over as CEO of the organization effective Jan. 1.
Ardabell has been head of Bon Secours’ St. Mary’s Hospital since 2009. She will take over the responsibilities of Bon Secours’ Richmond operations from Peter Bernard, who also oversees Bon Secours’ statewide efforts. Bernard will remain CEO of Bon Secours Virginia.
The organization said the promotion of Ardabell will allow Bernard to focus exclusively on the nonprofit at the state level and in the Hampton Roads area.
Bon Secours said this is not a move toward Bernard’s retirement, nor will his workload be reduced with Ardabell’s new role.
Ardabell will continue to work as CEO of St. Mary’s and will take a seat on the Bon Secours Richmond Board.
Bon Secours said Bernard will continue to work on two larger ongoing projects in the Richmond region: forming an independent children’s hospital in Richmond and continuing development in the city’s East End to ensure access to health care.
And his increased focus on Bon Secours’ presence at the state level comes with an emphasis Hampton Roads and the development of the DePaul Cancer Center in that area.
Bon Secours Virginia Health System employs 12,000 people, including 650 physicians. It is the fourth-largest health system in Virginia with seven hospitals. According to the nonprofit’s most recent tax reports, it generated more than $255 million in revenue in 2012.
In addition to St. Mary’s, Bon Secours’ hospitals in the Richmond market include Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.