VHHA announces 2020-21 board of directors
Steven C. Arner of Carilion Clinic to serve as chairman
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) on Wednesday announced its elected 2020-2021 board of directors.
The new slate of officers includes:
- Chairman: Steven C. Arner, Carilion Clinic executive vice president and chief operating officer
- Vice chairman: Peter M. Mulkey, Clinch Valley Health CEO
- Secretary-treasurer: Tim McManus, HCA Healthcare Capital Division president
VHHA is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 26 health delivery systems in Virginia. During the pandemic, Virginia has had more than 194,000 COVID-19 cases, with Virginia hospitals treating more than 21,000 patients. VHHA and its members have worked to address access, staffing, telehealth, medical surge, capacity and resource issues.
“In a time of significant societal upheaval during a global pandemic, Virginia’s hospital collaborated with each other, with our partners in state government, and with many other stakeholders to respond to this unprecedented public health crisis,” Arner said in a statement. “Our shared work as we rose to this challenge and protected public health is a testament to the strong leadership of our outgoing chairman, Dr. Mike McDermott of Mary Washington Healthcare, as well as the dedicated effort of hospital team members across the commonwealth.”
Although the new VHHA boards are typically announced in the spring, the appointments were announced in an online meeting this year due to the pandemic.
In 1996, Arner started his career with Carilion as a financial analyst and over the years has held positions including budget manager, human resources and analytics director, hospital administrator at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital and and senior vice president of cardiothoracic and vascular services, surgical services, environmental services and engineering and maintenance. He also serves on the boards of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Mulkey started his career with Clinch Valley as a clinical pharmacist and later became director of pharmacy and a clinical instructor in the Medical College of Virginia’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics. He has also served as Clinch Valley’s assistant administrator and COO.
With more than 25 years in health care leadership positions, McManus previously served as CEO of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals and CEO of HCA Healthcare Northern Virginia and Reston Hospital Center.
“Many challenges lie ahead. I am honored and humbled that my colleagues have entrusted me with this great responsibility,” Arner said in a statement. “We will continue the important work of combatting COVID-19 and enhancing health care delivery to meet the needs of patients in our ongoing quest to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation.”