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About us

For more than a century, LewisGale Medical Center has delivered the highest quality healthcare to residents of Southwest Virginia. We provide the full scope of healthcare services you expect to find at a regional referral center.

Our history

LewisGale Medical Center has been delivering exceptional healthcare services to the Roanoke, Virginia region for over a century.

A strong start

Just after the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Joseph N. Lewis and Dr. Sparrell S. Gale opened a modern, technologically advanced hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, complete with running water and central heating — an incredible feat for its launch in 1909.

Through the years, we’ve continued the Lewis and Gale tradition of partnering with exceptional medical professionals and employing the latest medical technology to deliver unsurpassed levels of patient care and optimum results.

Forming new partnerships

In 1972, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) purchased Lewis and Gale’s hospital and built a 37-bed facility. In the following years, LewisGale Medical Center grew rapidly. With the 1996 addition of the Roanoke Valley Psychiatric Center — now known as LewisGale Behavioral Health Services — our facility is currently licensed for over 500 beds and serves as a regional referral center for comprehensive medical services.

When HCA acquired the former LewisGale Clinic located next to the hospital, a new organization — LewisGale Physicians — was formed. Today, our medical center, LewisGale Physicians and hundreds of independent physicians work together to provide the quality healthcare our communities expect and deserve.

Delivering compassionate care

As one of the largest medical centers in Virginia, our hospital offers a broad spectrum of healthcare services to meet the ever-changing needs of our patients, their families and all residents of the region.

In addition to our variety of specialty services, HCA Virginia Health System has long been best known for compassion, dedication and friendliness. We’re committed to excellence and believe that top-quality healthcare is best delivered through team effort in a safe, professional and service-oriented environment.

LewisGale Medical Center statistics

  • 506

    Licensed beds

  • 1,181

    Babies delivered in 2021

  • 2000+

    Minimally invasive surgeries performed

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.


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 Healthgrades and the The Joint Commission.

Connect with us

Learn about our visiting hours, crisis line and employment verification process at our hospital.

Address and phone number

Our hospital address is:

LewisGale Medical Center
1900 Electric Rd.
Salem, VA 24153

To reach our main hospital line, please call (540) 776-4000

Employment verification

To confirm employment at LewisGale Medical Center, call (540) 776-4000 – and ask for the Human Resources department.

Media contacts

Shayne Dwyer, Communications and Community Engagement, call (540) 772-2890

RESPOND 24/7 crisis line

Wherever you live in Southwest Virginia, get immediate, free evaluation/assessment and 24-hour access to approved sites and our hospital emergency room when you call our crisis and referral line — RESPOND — at (540) 776-1100 or (800) 541-9992.

Visiting hours

We welcome visitors for most patients each day between 2:00pm - 8:30pm. However, visiting hours for patients in our critical care units vary and may be less frequent. Ask the staff on your assigned unit about specific visiting hours.

Patient stories and testimonials

Read about our patients' personal healthcare stories to learn what you can expect when you seek treatment with us.

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