Charlottesville & Central Virginia
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Virginia Health System embodies the leadership and inventiveness personified by its founder, Thomas Jefferson. Two centuries ago, Jefferson established the University of Virginia and the nation’s 10th medical school which has since grown into a nationally renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating etomorrow’s health care leaders and discovering better ways to treat disease.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle region boasts a highly educated workforce, excellent school systems, high quality healthcare, and affordable living. Residents pride themselves on the local heritage, the area’s natural beauty, and the city’s nationally-ranked reputation. Named “#1 City in America” by Frommer’s in 2004, Charlottesville has also enjoyed rankings as “Best Place to Live Among Small Cities (Money magazine), “Top Ten Cities That Have It All” (Arts & Entertainment TV), “40 Best College Towns…” (Outside), “Healthiest Place to Live” (Kiplinger Personal Finance), “Hottest for Fitness” (Newsweek), and “Best Place to Raise a Family” (Readers’ Digest).
The Charlottesville-Albemarle region boasts an outstanding array of accomplishments and attractions. Each year thousands of tourists view the Grounds of the University of Virginia, the homes of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, and the wineries of Albemarle County. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley offer plentiful recreational opportunities, adding to the high quality of life provided by the historical character and natural beauty of the area. A vibrant University and student landscape supplies cultural and social outlets for any interest. Musical and cultural venues including the Charlottesville Sprint Pavilion, John Paul Jones Arena, Paramount Theater, and the Virginia Film Festival bring national and international performers to town. Charlottesville-Albemarle is also host to an incredible selection of casual and fine dining establishments.
Some of the unique community resources include:
- Full range of collegiate sporting events, including football, basketball, lacrosse, polo, and soccer
- University film festivals and national/international speakers’ series and musical events
- Several historical plantations, including Monticello, Ash Lawn and Montpelier
Charlottesville is also conveniently located for a variety of day and/or weekend trips:
- 20 miles from the Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park & Appalachian Trail) and the Blue Ridge Mountains (hiking, camping)
- 45 miles from Lake Anna (sailing, canoeing and boating)
- 110 miles from Colonial Williamsburg
- 110 miles from Washington, D.C.
- 150 miles from Virginia Beach resort area, with ready access to the National Seashores of Virginia’s eastern shore peninsula and North Carolina’s Outer Banks