Peter Murphy Lewis, the host of Experience Care’s LTC Heroes podcast, has long been interested in the innovative thinking of the leadership team at Virginia
Virginia Health Services has been a senior healthcare staple in southeastern Virginia since 1963. We have grown from one nursing home in Newport News to a system of care that includes senior housing, nursing and rehabilitation, home health care, outpatient rehabilitation, palliative and hospice care.
Virginia Health Services values the communities we have proudly served for nearly 60 years. Our footprint now extends throughout southeastern Virginia, from the Northern Neck to Southside, and all points in between.
Our team is dedicated to helping individuals live their best life. With Virginia Health Services, you and your loved ones can expect quality care wherever you are.
We support individuals living their best life.
Virginia Health Services is committed to being the trusted partner and provider of choice in the communities we serve.
People – Focus on improving the lives of the individuals we serve, their families and our team members.
Excellence – Set the bar high and continuously improve.
Innovation – Think differently! Invest in technology and support ideas that improve the care we provide.
Integrity – Do the right thing – Always!
Teamwork – Work collaboratively across VHS to achieve the best results.
James River Convalescent Center, Inc., is established to serve growing senior care needs on the Virginia Peninsula. It is the precursor to Virginia Health Services.
1964: James River Nursing Home (now James River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center) opens in August and is licensed to operate 52 beds.
The Newport in Newport News opens.
1980: Three centers – James River Convalescent, Newport Convalescent and Horn Harbor Nursing Home in Mathews – merge to create and establish Virginia Health Services Inc.
1981: Walter Reed Convalescent Center opens in Gloucester with 120 beds. It was relocated from Mathews and renamed from Horn Harbor.
1988: York opens in York County with 60 beds. Walter Reed becomes licensed to operate 161 beds.
1989: Northampton opens in Hampton, adding 50 beds.
1991: The Newport undergoes extensive renovations.
1994-95: Walter Reed and James River are licensed for skilled nursing services.
1998: Lancashire is acquired, a 120-bed facility in Kilmarnock.
1999: VHS Rehabilitation is established.
2003: The Arbors Independent Living opens in Port Warwick in Newport News.
2011: VHS Pharmacy opens to serve all company facilities and home and community-based services.
2013: Coliseum, then known as Coliseum Park, in Hampton is acquired by VHS, adding 180 beds.
2014: The Huntington Assisted Living is constructed alongside The Newport in Newport News and opens in February.
2015: VHS Home Health Care is established.
2017: VHS Hospice is established.
2018: The Hamilton Assisted Living is constructed alongside The York in York County and opens in November.
DECEMBER 2019: Longtime CEO Jeffrey Mendelsohn, who helped establish VHS, passes away.
JANUARY 2020: CEO and President Mark Klyczek assumes leadership of the company.
MARCH 2020: COVID-19 pandemic comes to Virginia and significantly impacts long-term care facilities. Procedures and protocols are changed to make VHS communities safer.
JANUARY 2022: Memory care expansion at Walter Reed Nursing and Rehabilitation Center allows up to 51 beds for memory-impaired individuals needing extra assistance.
Virginia Health Services is deeply rooted in the southeastern Virginia community. We are proud to be locally owned and operated for nearly 60 years. The VHS mission to support individuals living their best life extends to those in the communities in which we serve and we strive to provide resources and support to groups and organizations that champion education, prevention and early detection, military and veterans, and community health and human services. We want to be involved in the community, such as sponsorship of concerts and the Art & Sculpture Festival in Port Warwick, and are open to opportunities that are in line with our charitable giving philosophy.
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