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Virginia Governor Appoints Two Valley Health Employees to Administration

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration, which now includes Valley Health System staff members James Wells and Patti S. Hershey. As new appointees, both Wells and Hershey will assist the governor with finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Jim Wells, RPh, was appointed to the 18-member Board of Health Professions as one of its five citizen members. The board also includes representatives from each of the 13 health regulatory boards. As a member of the Regulatory Research Committee, Wells is working with other board members to review and make recommendations for licensed providers in each profession to be able to work at the highest level of proficiency or skill. He is also a member of the Enforcement Committee which reviews the setting of fines and penalties as proposed by the 13 health regulatory boards.

A pharmacist with more than 38 years of experience, the last 30 of which have been with Valley Health, Wells is Director of Pharmacy for Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal and Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.

“I was honored to be selected by Governor McAuliffe, and I am pleased by the professionalism and support for all of the health professions by the Commonwealth,” Wells says.

Patti Hershey, BSRS, MAEd, Director of the Medical Radiography Program at Winchester Medical Center, was appointed to the five-member Radiological Technologist Advisory Board, which assists the Virginia Board of Medicine with licensure and regulation of ten different professions. Through her appointment, Hershey will review standards of practice and licensing laws and address ethic issues. The advisory board also makes recommendations regarding licensing of radiologic physician’s assistants.

A graduate of the Winchester Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, Hershey has more than 40 years of healthcare experience. She has continued her education throughout her career, becoming registered in a variety of specialties, including mammography and ultrasound.

“As an educator, I am excited about the appointment as I would like to see the role of radiologic technologists continue to expand,” Hershey says, adding that radiologic technologists are an important part of the patient care team with continually expanded roles and added skills and responsibilities.

“Having not one but two of our team members representing Valley Health on the governor’s advisory boards is testament to their leadership and expertise,” offers Mark H. Merrill, Valley Health President and CEO. “It also speaks to the governor’s confidence in the high quality care Valley Health provides to the citizens in this portion of the state. We can all take great pride in their accomplishments as they work to further their particular professions both locally and across the Commonwealth.”