Chippenham Hospital
January 21, 2021

RICHMOND, VA — (Jan. 21, 2021) – HCA Virginia announced today that Chippenham Hospital and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital are now listed as certified Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) programs through the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).

ELSO is a non-profit consortium of health care institutions that are dedicated to the development and evaluation of new therapies for support of severe respiratory and cardiac organ failure.

“The nation has seen an increase in the need for ECMO with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ryan Jensen, Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals chief executive officer. “Being certified on this registry makes us a premiere location for the sickest COVID-19, respiratory, and cardiac patients”

Along with this designation comes a commitment for HCA Virginia medical teams to:

  1. Work and collaborate with other associated top ELSO providers
  2. Achieve higher standards of care for ECMO patients
  3. Ensure that Richmond’s sickest patients receive the latest evidence-based care for the best chance of organ recovery.
  4. Implement ECMO as a lifesaving effort for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19


“This designation allows other medical teams nationwide to identify our hospitals as referral centers for this advanced care for multi-system organ failure,” said William Lunn, Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals chief executive officer and pulmonary/critical care M.D. “We have already received referrals from hospitals as far away as Georgia who transferred critically ill patients to our hospital for ECMO support.”

According to the American Thoracic Society, an ECMO machine replaces the function of the heart and lungs. ECMO is used to help people whose:

  • Lungs cannot provide enough oxygen to the body even when given extra oxygen
  • Lungs cannot get rid of carbon dioxide even with help from a mechanical ventilator
  • Heart cannot pump enough blood to the body.