Grady W. (Skip) Philips, III, FACHE, chief operating officer of Winchester
Medical Center (WMC) and a system-level senior vice president, has been
promoted to president of Valley Health’s flagship hospital. Mark
H. Merrill, President and CEO of Valley Health System, recommended the
promotion and the Board of Trustees of WMC and medical staff leadership
endorsed Philips’ promotion at their meeting on May 20, 2016.
Philips joined Valley Health in December of 2013 with a 25-year career
in healthcare administration at hospitals and health systems in Virginia
and Georgia. In his two-and-a-half years at Winchester Medical Center,
he has demonstrated his leadership in team building and employee engagement
and in physician relations through his work with medical staff members
on important initiatives to advance clinical services and quality of care.
He has advanced clinical and capital programs for the new Cancer Center,
worked to expand Heart and Vascular services, improved patient experience
by focusing on responsiveness to patient concerns and shorter wait times
in the Emergency Department, and led the WMC team to improved staff engagement.
Philips has also been a valuable member of the Valley Health System executive
management team, providing input on a range of initiatives. Under his
leadership, WMC has improved its collaboration with Valley Health’s
five other hospitals to expand access to needed services and support the
development of services closer to home.
WMC Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Gilpin is enthusiastic about Philips’
new role. "I am very pleased Skip has become president of Winchester
Medical Center,” Gilpin said. “Since his arrival, he has done
an outstanding job as WMC’s Chief Operating Officer and a Senior
Vice President of Valley Health. I am confident his high level of performance
“I am personally very excited Skip has received this promotion,”
said WMC Medical Staff President James Nashed, MD. “Since his arrival
we have seen an uptick in engagement of the medical staff with administration.
Skip has forged many new physician-led projects in partnership with administration.”
“Skip is highly regarded throughout the organization and has earned
high marks for building employee, physician and community engagement,”
said Mark H. Merrill, Valley Health System President and CEO. “I
am confident that Winchester Medical Center will continue to grow under
his expanded role.”