Golden BethuneGolden H. Bethune, RN, MSN, CNAA, BC has been named Executive Vice President and Administrator of Riverside Regional Medical Center. She will also serve to coordinate Nursing Leadership within the Riverside Health System beginning January 3, 2006, it was announced by Riverside President Richard J. Pearce.

Golden Bethune joins Riverside from Centra Health in Lynchburg, where she was Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services. She had previously served as Director of Nursing at Riverside from November 1976 to September 1982.

Golden Bethune’s career since she left the Peninsula has taken her to New Jersey where she was a Vice President of Patient Care Services and later to Lynchburg where she has served as Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services since May 1, 2000.

“Golden has been inspiring and transformational in every stage of her career. We are thrilled that she is willing to ‘come home’ to Riverside – where she already has strong family ties and life long friends - and help us lead a great organization,” Pearce said.

“Golden is a visionary, and will play a key role in advancing Riverside as well as leading patient care across our system,” Pearce added.

Among her numerous national, state and local recognitions and achievements is the 2004 Most Influential Leader Award voted by the community of Lynchburg. She has also enabled both hospitals in Centra Health to receive the prestigious Magnet designation in July 2005.

Executive Vice President Bill Downey, who has served as chief operating officer for Riverside as well as Administrator of Riverside Regional Medical Center will continue his responsibilities as COO of the health system, which now has five hospitals, ten convalescent centers, ambulatory surgical centers, retirement communities, wellness and fitness centers, a home health agency and a large mutli-specialty physician organization and a major joint venture with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Riverside is seeking state approval to build a new hospital in the Williamsburg area on a large tract of land acquired from Colonial Williamsburg.

Published: October 21, 2005