Valley Health System President and CEO Mark Nantz announced that Tonya Smith, Pharm D, MBA, MHA, will be the system’s next Senior Vice President of Acute Care and President of Winchester Medical Center, effective September 12, 2022.
Smith’s selection follows a nationwide search and extensive interview process involving more than two dozen chief administrative and medical staff.
“I’m delighted to welcome Tonya back to our team,” Nantz said. “She is an accomplished and visionary healthcare leader with extensive healthcare experience, from clinical pharmacist to hospital president. Throughout her career, Tonya has successfully developed lasting and trusted relationships with physicians, led cultural transformation resulting in high quality, safety, patient experience and employee engagement, and increased organizational effectiveness and system integration.
Smith held leadership positions at Valley Health and Winchester Medical Center earlier in his career, including director of pharmacy, director of pharmacy, and vice president of operations and ancillary services. His accomplishments at Valley Health include his leadership in the system-wide implementation of Epic, the electronic medical record, in 2014.
Smith left Valley Health in 2015 to become president of Munson Healthcare’s Cadillac Hospital in Cadillac, Michigan, and soon became president of Munson’s other five community hospitals. In 2020, she took on the additional responsibility of leading Munson’s system integration efforts.
Smith is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy. She went on to earn a master’s degree in health administration and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College. A committed community leader, she volunteers in civic and nonprofit leadership roles, including United Way, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.
Originally from Jefferson County, West Virginia, Smith is looking forward to returning to the area. “This move is more than professional, it’s deeply personal,” she said. “Not only have I been vice president of operations at Winchester Medical Center for six years, but this is the hospital where my four children were born. We will return to the community where my husband and I, as lovers in high school, grew up, got married and started a family.I am honored and thrilled to serve a healthcare system and a community that have meant so much to me and my family.