Valley Health System Welcomes New Directors and Board Leadership


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 Board of Directors, which now has 16 members, includes three professionals who bring a variety of expertise to the service of Valley Health:

  • Jeff Boehm is president of Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. and has a 34-year career in construction and development. A graduate of West Virginia University, he lives in Martinsburg 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 Chairman of Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management. She earned degrees from Shepherd University and West Virginia University and served as a financial director for a hospital for 10 years before completing graduate studies 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 an 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,” said Mark Nantz, President and CEO of Valley Health.

The President retires from the Board of Directors Joseph F. SilekJr., of Front Royal, who served for 18 years on the nonprofit health system’s governing body, and a Winchester neurosurgeon Patrick Ireland, MDwho served for 16 years, most recently as Vice President.

“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 president, Harry S. Smith, was a director of Valley Health for 11 years and also served for 12 years on the board of Winchester Medical Center. 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 has served on the boards of a number of social service organizations, Winchester City Council for two terms, and several joint city/county committees. As a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board, Smith interacts with hospital system leaders in a six-state region.

“Harry has deep roots in this community, he knows our organization and the complexities of healthcare, and he understands how the Board of Directors can help lead Valley Health into an even brighter future,” said the President and CEO of Valley Health System, Mark Nantz.

“We all share a love for our community and want to see it thrive,” Smith said. “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 secretary of the board of directors. 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, 2022:


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