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Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is a not-for-profit health care organization that moved in August 2011 from facilities in the City of Charlottesville to the Pantops area of Albemarle County[1]


Martha Jefferson Hospital circa 1970

Martha Jefferson Hospital was organized by seven area doctors on September 24, 1903 and its doors officially opened as the Martha Jefferson Sanitorium on July 11, 1904. [2] Among the founding doctors were Halsted Hedges, Lawrence Flanagan and Edward M. Magruder. [3] Magruder was named as president in 1909.

The hospital is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha, and in deference to W.M. Randolph, one of the hospital's founders who was the great-grandson of Martha Jefferson Randolph.[4]

A series of expansions in the 1970's took over and eliminated Jackson and Taylor Streets in Charlottesville. [5]


In September 2010, the hospital merged with Sentara Healthcare of Norfolk, but continued the Martha Jefferson name. [6]

The hospital's Board of Directors had been exploring the possibility of merging with another healthcare provider since 2008. The Board of Directors unanimously agreed to become Sentara's 10th hospital. One stated reason to merge is to become more efficient and to better navigate the effects of health-care reform[7].

It is believed that Martha Jefferson could save up to $6 million in purchasing costs by using Sentara's procurement system[8].

As part of the merger, the size of the hospital's board of directors will shrink from 12 to 9, and 3 of the members will be from Sentara's board. [9]

"Sentara" was officially added to the hospital name in September 2015.[10]


East High Street

The original hospital was located on East High Street.[4]

Patterson Wing

In December 1929 the hospital was moved to a new building known as the Patterson Wing with a bed capacity of 50. It was named in honor of donors Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Patterson.[4] The wing one of Charlottesville's individually protected properties[11]

Rucker Wing

In 1954, the capacity of the hospital was increased to 112 beds with the addition of the Rucker Wing named in honor of Mr. J.W. Rucker.[4]

In 1964, additional beds were added at Martha Jefferson Hospital bringing the total beds to 136, its capacity as of 1970.[4]

As part of the renovation, the Rucker wing is expected to be converted into a 20-unit apartment building. [2]

Moving to Pantops

The new Martha Jefferson Hospital has been designed by Kahler Slater Architects and is being constructed by Mortenson Construction.

The hospital's official move-in day to Peter Jefferson Place was August 28, 2011. [1] [12].

Future of former campus

The firm Octagon Partners purchased the former campus for $6.5 million and planned a redevelopment project. [13] [9] Octagon will take possession of the building no later than January 1, 2012. [14] [15]. The CFA Institute will move its headquarters there in March 2013 following redevelopment. [2] Ground will be broken in April 2012. [16]

The hospital had originally hired Crosland Development, but that company opted out due to the ongoing economic downturn [17].

The hospital is also selling several properties adjacent to the main hospital. [18] [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Martha Jefferson moves every patient to new hospital, Sharon C. Fitzgerald, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 28, 2011, retrieved August 28, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Web. The next neighborhood, Brendan Fitzgerald, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, October 11, 2011, retrieved October 13, 2011. Print. October 11, 2011 .
  3. Web. Brief Sketch of Dr. E.M. Magruder, Beloved Physician, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, January 12, 1925, retrieved May 12, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. January 12, 1925 page 3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Martha Jefferson Hospital. Welcome to Martha Jefferson Hospital. Cleveland, TN: Martha Jefferson Hospital, 1970. Print.
  5. Web. Martha Jefferson: The hospital that ate my neighborhood, Carroll Trainum, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, August 11, 2011, retrieved August 19, 2011. Print. August 11, 2011 , 1035, .
  6. Web. Martha Jefferson to merge with Sentara, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, September 30, 2010, retrieved September 30, 2010.
  7. Web. Martha Jefferson - Sentara Health Care, September 29, 2010, retrieved September 30, 2010.
  8. Web. MJH-Sentara merger a sign of the times, McGregor McCance, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved October 18, 2010.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Web. Martha Jefferson addresses merger concerns, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, March 29, 2011, retrieved March 29, 2011. Print. March 29, 2011 .
  10. E-mail. Jenn Downs, Communications Advisor, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. "Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital." Message to Charlottesville Tomorrow. 9 Sept. 2015.
  11. "Charlottesville : Architectural Design Control District and Individually Protected Property Information." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 16 Aug. 2010. <>.
  12. "Martha Jefferson announces location’s opening day." Daily Progress [Charlottesville] 29 Mar. 2010: n. pag. Daily Progress. Web. 31 Mar. 2010.
  13. Web. Done deal: Martha Jefferson facility sold, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, September 23, 2010, retrieved September 23, 2010.
  14. Web. Martha Jefferson Hospital Announces Sale of Locust Avenue Property, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA, September 23, 2010, retrieved September 24, 2010.
  15. Web. Martha Jefferson Downtown location sold to local developer, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, retrieved September 28, 2010.
  16. Web. CFA to Break Ground in April at Old Martha Jefferson Hospital, Ed Sykes, NBC29, February 27, 2012, retrieved February 28, 2012.
  17. Web. C-Ville: Development - Martha Jefferson Hospital Looks for New Developer, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, retrieved January 23, 2017. Print. April 20, 2010 .
  18. Web. CB Richard Ellis - MJHDowntown Portfolio, retrieved February 23, 2011.

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