Liisa Ortegon Name President of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

After a nationwide search, Sentara Healthcare has called Liisa Ortegon to be the new president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Ortegon comes to Sentara from Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center, where she served as senior vice president of operations and chief nursing executive since 2014. It is a 1000-bed academic medical center affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

Ortegon has been with the hospital since 2011 in progressively responsible executive positions and she brings 29 years of health care experience to Sentara. Previous divisional executive positions include chief nursing officer (CNO) for 12 HCA hospitals and CNO with COO duties for HCA Horizon Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Ortegon replaces Carolyn Carpenter, who joined Johns Hopkins Health System as capital region president.

“I am honored to have the privilege of working alongside Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s incredibly talented team,” Ortegon says. “I have always believed patients are at the center of everything we do and I was delighted to learn Sentara’s mission and values were very much aligned with mine. I know that together we will continue to improve health, and health care, in our corner of the world.”

WittKieffer’s Jason Petros, Ashley Rittgers and Kerry Quealy led this search.

Read the press announcement.