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Poplar Springs Hospital Builds Bikes for the Community

bikes that was built by volunteers

On Friday, August 3rd, Poplar Springs Hospital built and donated bikes to the Petersburg Family YMCA. The YMCA is a champion for building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. With these bikes, the YMCA plans to engage children and families in the community and promote healthy living. “We are happy to partner with the YMCA to help promote healthy living in our community.” said Nelson Smith, CEO of Poplar Spring Hospital.

Exercise is not only good for the body, but it also improves mental health. Like the YMCA, PoplarSprings Hospital is committed to making our community a better place to live, work, and play. Excellence is the standard at Poplar Springs Hospital. “We want to provide excellent care to our patients, be an excellent community partner, and be excellent leaders in the movement to destigmatize mental health.” Smith said.

Nelson Smith named new CEO of Poplar Springs Hospital

Nelson Smith has been appointed as CEO of Poplar Springs Hospital, bringing over 15 years of leadership experience to the Hospital.

Nelson comes to Virginia from California, where he was the CEO of Pacific Grove Hospital. Prior to
working in the private sector, Nelson was a part of the U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group where he
received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding leadership and courage. His awards
include: the Purple Heart, four Bronze Star Medals, one including the “V” device for Valor, and the Green

“My wife and I are so happy to be back in the great state of Virginia, where we both call home. It is a joy to be near family and to be a part of the growing Richmond/Petersburg community,” said Smith. Nelson’s can-do and team attitude makes him the perfect addition to Poplar Springs Hospital.

Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts, Humanities from Thomas Edison State College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwestern University.