WINCHESTER – The Valley Health System Board of Directors welcomed three new members, appointed new officers and recognized two outgoing directors for their long and dedicated tenure.
The changes approved by the Valley Health Corporation at its May meeting went into effect Wednesday, according to a press release from Valley Health.
Joining the now 16-member council are:
• Jeff Boehm, President of Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., who has a 34-year career in construction and development. A graduate of West Virginia University, he lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he has been active in church and community life. He is a board member of the Winchester Medical Center Foundation.
• Julia Connell is Vice President of Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management. She earned degrees from Shepherd University and WVU and served as a hospital financial director for 10 years before completing graduate school in financial planning. She serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Northern Shenandoah Valley and the Timber Ridge School and is a past president of the Winchester Rotary Club.
• Thomas Wise, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Wake Forest University, completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota, and returned to Winchester to join Winchester Orthopedic Associates in 2000. Wise is a team physician for John Handley High School.
“The skills and perspectives of these three individuals will enrich our discussions around the board table and positively impact those we serve,” Valley Health President and CEO Mark Nantz said in the release. .
President Joseph F. Silek Jr. of Front Royal, who served for 18 years on the nonprofit health system’s governing body, and Winchester neurosurgeon Patrick Ireland, MD, who served for 16 years, plus recently as Vice President, retired from the Board.
“These gentlemen have volunteered an incredible amount of time and energy to Valley Health during a critical period of system growth and maturation, technology investment and change within the healthcare industry,” said Nantz. “We are grateful for their contributions and thank them for their dedicated service to the health of our community. »
The new chairman, Harry S. Smith, has been a director of Valley Health for 11 years and also served for 12 years on the board of directors of Winchester Medical Center.
“Harry has deep roots in this community, he knows our organization and the complexities of healthcare, and he understands how the board can help lead Valley Health into an even brighter future,” Nantz said.
A native of Winchester, Smith is currently Market President of United Bank of Winchester, capping a long career in financial services in the northern Shenandoah Valley. He served on the boards of a number of social service organizations, the Winchester City Council for two terms, and several joint city/county committees. As a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Council, Smith interacts with hospital system leaders in a six-state region.
“We all share a love for our community and want to see it thrive,” Smith said in the statement. “Health is an essential part of the equation. I am honored to lead this talented and hardworking task force charged with ensuring the quality, accessibility and stability of our local nonprofit health care delivery system.
Vice President Thomas T. Gilpin is a retired businessman and longtime resident of Clarke County. A Valley Health director since 2010, Gilpin chairs the Investment Committee and sits on Valley Health’s Quality and Medical Affairs Committee (QMAC), which oversees quality, safety, patient satisfaction and improvement activities. system performance. He previously served on the board of WMC for 11 years.
Steven E. Cluss is the new Board Secretary. He is a retired business owner who joined the VHS Board of Directors in 2013 and is a member of Valley Health’s Health Quality and Medical Affairs Committee. He helped forge Valley Health’s commitment to fighting substance abuse, which led to the formation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition. Cluss also served for six years on the board of directors of WMC.
Members of the Valley Health System Board of Directors, effective June 1, are:
Steven E. Cluss, Secretary
Julia M. Connell
James G. Dale, DO
Chad L. Dansie, MD
Melody K. Eaton, Ph.D.
Thomas T. Gilpin, Vice President
Marie S. Imoh
Katherine Johnson, MD
Thomas Leslie, DDS
Mark S. Nantz, President and CEO of VHS
Mary Beth Award
Clifton L. (Kip) Rutherford
Harry S. Smith, President
Chris Turnbull, MD
Thomas Wise, MD