Dear High Country Community,
On Friday, January 27, 2017, I assumed the role of President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. First, let me say that I am greatly appreciative — and at the same time humbled — by the opportunity to serve you and our community. I also want to thank our Board of Trustees, who have entrusted me, with what I know is truly a great responsibility.
Over the last 22 years, I have had the privilege of watching Richard Sparks transform independent rural hospitals and clinics into a comprehensive healthcare system. During this time I have witnessed the effectiveness of great leadership. Richard repeatedly demonstrated our core values of compassion, integrity, and excellence. As I undertake my new role, I pledge to uphold those same leadership qualities to the best of my abilities.
As I make the transition, I also want to thank all of the people in our community who support the provision of healthcare. In walking the halls of our hospitals and outpatient facilities, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate we are to have wonderful physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, and clinical and administrative staff. These are the people that save and change lives, and I am extremely appreciative of what they do each and every day.
Please know that as we embark upon 2017, I am very excited about the future. Over the coming months, as state and national leaders seek to modify legislation which will impact healthcare, I want to reassure you that Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will remain committed to providing access to compassionate, high quality healthcare for residents and visitors in our community.