Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - Front Royal Attorney Named Chairman of Valley Health System Board
Joseph F. Silek, Jr., has been selected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Valley Health System (VHS). Silek’s nomination was approved by his fellow trustees at a VHS Board meeting this afternoon. He succeeds Chairman James T. Holland, whose decades of service on the Boards of Winchester Medical Center and Valley Health came to a close last month.

Silek has been involved in Valley Health governance since 1995, when he was named to the Board of Directors of Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) in Front Royal. In 2004 he became Chairman of the WMH Board, a position he held for six years, and also was appointed to the Board of Valley Health System.

“I feel it’s important for communities in the region to have a vibrant healthcare system to serve our residents and attract business,” said Silek. “We face many challenges as the healthcare environment changes. It will take a team of innovative people to help Valley Health transition from a fee-for-service to a value-based community health provider.”

A native of Front Royal, Silek opened a solo law practice in 1995 and currently practices as Lawson and Silek, P.L.C., representing businesses in both the public and private sectors. He received his B.S. from the University of Richmond and a J.D. with honors from Campbell University Law School, where he served as the business editor for the Campbell Law Review.

In addition to his role on the Valley Health Board of Trustees, Silek is Chairman of the Board of Randolph-Macon Academy, a member of the Front Royal Rotary Club, and a past president and board member of the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Warren County Bar Association and a member of the Virginia and North Carolina Bar Associations. He is also a member of the taxation, real property and probate sections of the American Bar Association. Silek and his wife, Jane, have two sons.

“Joe will be an effective and respected chairman,” said Valley Health System President & CEO Mark H. Merrill. “He has deep local roots, a long-term commitment to and understanding of our health system, a dedication to service, and a determination to work with all constituents to lead Valley Health into the future.”

The trustees also confirmed Patrick D. Ireland, MD, a neurosurgeon on staff at Winchester Medical Center (WMC), as Vice Chairman, and Harry F. Byrd, III, former WMC Board Chair, as Secretary. Three new trustees were also welcomed to the Valley Health Board of Trustees: Steven E. Cluss, a member of the WMC Board; Mary Beth Price, incoming Chair of the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; and Winchester cardiologist Jeffrey A. Skiles, MD.