With its headquarters located in Charleston, the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) and its members are seeking a leader with proven communication, leadership and relationship skills to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). WVHA is the recognized voice for the interests of its 61-member hospitals and health systems in the areas of advocacy and representation at the state and federal levels; hospital financial payment and reimbursement expertise; member-driven quality and data programs; and an on-going communications strategy promoting West Virginia’s hospitals.
WVHA also operates West Virginia Health Services (WVHS), a for-profit subsidiary offering shared services programs providing value-added strategies to its members, and the Healthcare Education Foundation of West Virginia (HEF), a 501 (c)(3) Foundation focused on member education, management of state and federal grants for critical access hospitals, and a hospital emergency preparedness program.
The President & CEO provides leadership and oversight of the WVHA team over these areas and is the spokesperson on behalf of the member hospitals and health systems. WVHA’s next leader will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of the state and federal legislative process, and actively lobby at the state legislature to promote the Association’s annual legislative agenda, while being attuned to the members in terms of their advocacy issues and priorities. Coupled with these responsibilities is a need to ensure that WVHA maintains its leadership role in the state, as well as its position as the “educational” resource for the legislature, regulatory bodies, members and other organizations related to evolving hospital and health system issues during this time of change. This is a highly visible leadership role that provides a results-driven leader the ability to impact the landscape of healthcare in West Virginia for years to come.
The President & CEO will also be expected to lead the membership through discussions of how healthcare delivery is changing from the national level to needs of the patient. With the support of a strong executive team, the next President & CEO will be instrumental in guiding WVHA and its members through a time of rapid transitions in care delivery, population health and healthcare cost control.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the CEO will work closely with the Board, member organizations, and the WVHA team to further implement the strategic plan consistent with the Association’s vision, mission and values.
The President & CEO must also have a track record of leading and developing high-performing teams; delivering results in the advocacy arena; having exceptional relationships and coalition-building skills; and serving as a spokesperson on issues of critical importance. He/she will be a champion for the state’s hospitals and health systems and continue to build upon WVHA’s reputation of achieving optimal outcomes for its members.
The successful candidate will bring:
Extensive experience in progressive leadership roles within a health-related trade association, hospital, or health system.
Experience in public policy, including a track record of bipartisan work, as either an organizational executive, hospital executive or other executive related experience beneficial to this position.
Knowledge of the changing health delivery and financing environment is essential.
An understanding of West Virginia, including its political and regulatory climate, is desirable.
A passionate commitment to supporting hospitals and health systems and improving the future of healthcare delivery.
Credibility as a leader and reputation as a content expert on healthcare operations and/or politics among organizations and individuals—both supporters and opponents.
The ability to identify member needs and build consensus among coalitions, including those with diverse constituencies, to develop appropriate action plans on critical issues confronting today’s healthcare organizations.
Intimate knowledge of how the various components and interests of the health care industry work together.
An understanding of the need to ensure primary, specialty and acute care to rural areas and the potential of referral networks, telehealth and other tools to provide that care.
Strong written and verbal communication skills for both interpersonal engagement and for communicating industry trends to member hospitals and health system, and non-industry audiences.
Confidence in his or her ability to embrace controversial issues and agility in processing and responding to unpredictable situations.
Strong executive presence and a leadership style that is humble, genuine, inspirational and aspirational.
A fundamental admiration for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers and the courage to help them evolve to better serve their patients and communities.
Ability to work independently with minimum direction, and a self-starter who works well under pressure to meet deadlines.
Proven effectiveness as a team leader with the ability to develop others; delegate well and trust and develop subordinates; and promote an environment of teamwork, accountability and high performance.
Strong organizational planning, management and supervisory skills necessary to manage the WVHA team.
Frequent in-state and out-of-state travel.
About West Virginia Hospital Association
With its headquarters located in Charleston, the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) and its members are seeking a leader with proven communication, leadership and relationship skills to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). WVHA is the recognized voice for the interests of its 61-member hospitals and health systems in the areas of advocacy and representation at the state and federal levels; hospital financial payment and reimbursement expertise; member-driven quality and data programs; and an on-going communications strategy promoting West Virginia’s hospitals. Established in 1925, WVHA represents general acute care hospitals that are part of for-profit and nonprofit health systems with corporate headquarters in West Virginia and out of state; critical access hospitals (CAH) that are part of a CAH Network managed by WVHA; for-profit rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals; and long-term acute care hospitals.