Hear from our Associate Director of Inclusion & Diversity, Justin Mercer, on why this month is important to our health center.

History of Johnson Health Center

Johnson Health Center was opened in 1998 and named in honor of Dr. Robert Walter Johnson. Dr. Johnson was the first African American to receive privileges to practice at Lynchburg General Hospital. He spent his entire medical career serving the Lynchburg community. 

Dr. Johnson was also the driving force behind integrated tennis. For more than 20 years, Dr. Johnson trained, coached and mentored African Americans from his home tennis court in Lynchburg. He established the Junior Development program for the American Tennis Association and he coached the first two African American grand slam champions, Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. 

Community Engagement

We are proud to support several community initiatives in 2021 that will continue our mission of improving access to health care for all.