Quality of Life
Work/life balance is a key reason why our providers enjoy such long and satisfying careers. Central Virginia abounds with natural beauty, heritage, culture and recreational activities — from historic battlefields, national parks, crystal-clear lakes and the Blue Ridge Mountains to nationally acclaimed resorts, wineries, museums, theme parks and more. There’s an excellent selection of gracious homes in welcoming urban, suburban and rural settings, plus great restaurants and upscale shopping. Families can also choose from a wide range of public and private school options, and there are more than 15 area colleges, universities and technical schools. Living costs are low and quality of life is high.
History buffs in particular will find Richmond and surrounding areas fascinating. Home to numerous settlements and forts in the 1600s, Richmond was officially founded in 1737, and served as Virginia’s capitol in 1780. All around Richmond, history comes alive.
If you like a lifestyle that includes water and recreation, Richmond offers numerous communities along the banks of the James River and three City Parks Lakes. Local marinas and boat launches also dot the James. And for adventurous types, kayaking, whitewater rafting and water theme parks are nearby. It’s easy to reimagine your future working and living here with a rewarding career and an enviable lifestyle. Make it a reality by exploring our physician opportunities.
Outside magazine recently named Richmond the Best River Town in America. Its numerous parks including Pony Pasture with great nature trails, Maymont with its gardens, historic building and nature center, as well as Belle Isle and the spectacular Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Richmond is truly a city of neighborhoods. Its top five according to HGTV are The Fan (authentic old urbanism), Woodland Heights (five minutes from downtown), Oregon Hill (with spectacular views), Bellevue (suburban living with urban convenience) and Westham (with mature flora and woodlands). Richmond also has more than 1,300 restaurants, with many earning four- and five-star ratings. In addition, there is an abundance of world-class shopping malls, boutiques, antique and specialty stores, and farmers markets.
58 miles north of Richmond, Fredericksburg is situated on the Rappahannock River and features a 40-block district of 18th- and 19th-century buildings that is on Register of Historic Places. Families will enjoy Central Park Fun Land, numerous Civil War battlefields, Fredericksburg’s Museum and Cultural Center, and Kenmore Plantation and Gardens. Golf, outdoor activities, local restaurants and shopping are outstanding. Ethnically diverse and with a higher overall educational level than typical U.S. communities, Fredericksburg offers a wide variety of lifestyles and beautiful neighborhoods in city, suburban, and Spotsylvania and Stafford County locales, as well as an excellent selection of public, private and charter schools. Fredericksburg is also home to the University of Mary Washington — ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 20 regional universities in the south.
One of only three American communities designed in a circular pattern, South Hill is midpoint between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. A mecca for sports enthusiasts, South Hill boasts two beautiful parks — Centennial and Parker — that feature baseball, softball and soccer fields; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; walking trails; and more. Buggs Island Lake, Virginia’s largest, and nearby Lake Gaston offer a full range of water sports. South Hill is home to The Colonial Center for Performing Arts, one of America’s last remaining vaudeville theaters; and its Farmers Market is famous for fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted items. Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport is nearby, too. Good schools, charming neighborhoods, local museums, great restaurants and shopping make South Hill an ideal place to live life to the fullest.