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About us

For more than 50 years, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery has delivered high-quality healthcare to our patients. We provide services across a wide range of services, including cardiology, orthopedic care and specialized treatment for GERD.

Our leadership
Our hospital leadership teams are dedicated to continually improving our services, abilities and safety practices. They ensure our patients and our communities get access to the high-quality care they need and deserve.
Newsroom
We regularly publish articles when we add new services, departments and advanced technology, so you can see all the benefits our hospital has to offer.
Awards and recognitions
Across all of our services and specialties, we strive to raise the bar on healthcare. Because of our dedication to this pursuit, we are proudly recognized by organizations such as The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission.

Our history of care

Since our facility opened in 1971, we’ve undergone several name changes and renovations while maintaining our commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the community.

More about our hospital

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is a 146-bed, general acute-care facility delivering comprehensive healthcare. Our specialties include a wide range of medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, orthopedic, emergency and outpatient services in the Southwest Virginia and the New River Valley.

We work closely in partnership with the other hospitals of HCA Virginia Health System. Together, we are able to provide you access to the financial, technical and professional resources of HCA Healthcare, our parent company and the nation’s largest non-government hospital organization. At the same time, we offer the best features typically found at smaller hospitals where patients receive personalized treatment and high-quality, compassionate care.

Our leadership team

  • Lauren Dudley, Chief Executive Officer
  • Rachael Stanton, Chief Financial Officer
  • Sarah Tavenner, Chief Operating Officer
  • Laura Harvey, DO, Chief of Medical Staff
  • Devin LaPuasa, Chief Nursing Officer

Our board officers

  • Carol Ballard, Chair
  • Kelly Oaks, Vice Chair
  • Laura Harvey, DO, Chief of Medical Staff

Our board members

  • Miriam Afridi, MD, Chief of Anesthesia
  • Carol Ballard, MSN, CDE, FNP
  • William Cox, DO, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
  • Thadeus Dapash, DO, MSMEd, FACG
  • Brad Denardo, President & CEO, National Bank of Blacksburg
  • Lauren Dudley, Chief Executive Officer, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
  • Carmen Elliott, Owner, Elliott Inc. Real Estate Brokerage and Investments
  • Feras Ghosheh, MD, Hospitalist, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery
  • Matt Hanratty, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Blacksburg
  • Chris Lawrence, Deputy County Administrator, Montgomery County
  • Kelly Oaks, PhD., Associate Vice President for Equity and Accessibility, Virginia Tech
  • Hank Partin, Sheriff, Montgomery County
  • Sharon Scott, Fully-Engaged, LLC

A record of expert healthcare

Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent national healthcare certification organization, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery first opened as Altamont Hospital in Cambria, Virginia, in 1910. Prompted by growth, founder Dr. A.M. Showalter led an expansion from 12 beds to 20 beds in 1923.

In 1967, our hospital was renamed the A.M. Showalter Memorial Hospital and reorganized from private ownership into a community hospital under the direction of a Board of Trustees. Two years later, following the efforts of hospital administrator James Sublett, HCA Healthcare provided financing for construction of a replacement facility at our present location on Route 460 at the southern edge of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Since our new facility opened in 1971, we’ve undergone several name changes and renovations. However, regardless of our name, we have always maintained our commitment to meeting the growing healthcare needs of our community.

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 April 17, 2024
 7:00 - 9:00pm
 LewisGale Hospital - Montgomery - Birthing Center Classroom
This one-night class is taught by a Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC. Topics include:  The various properties of breastmilk. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. How to properly latch and position baby for feedings. How to...

 April 17, 2024
 7:00 - 9:00pm
 LewisGale Hospital - Montgomery - Birthing Center Classroom
This one-night class is taught by a Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC. Topics include:  The various properties of breastmilk. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. How to properly latch and position baby for feedings. How to...

Women's Health Dinner with the Doctors 
 May 2, 2024
 5:30 - 7:00pm
 The Draper Mercantile and Trading Company
Please join us for a free educational presentation and Dinner with the Doctor featuring OB/GYN and uro-gynecologic specialist Tamera Howell, MD, and Sherrie Doss, Certified Nurse Midwife at the Draper Mercantile. This special event will feature...

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Class 
 May 4 - May 5, 2024
 1:00 - 5:30pm
 LewisGale Hospital - Montgomery - Birthing Center Classroom
This two-day class is designed to help prepare you for the arrival of your new baby. We will explore signs and progression of labor; comfort measures; medical procedures including epidurals and cesarean sections; and newborn and postpartum care....

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