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Check out our War Memorial Hospital leadership team.

Gerald Bechamps, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hampshire Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital

Gerald BechampsGerald J. Bechamps, MD, is Vice-President for Medical Affairs for Hampshire Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bechamps brings extensive experience as a respected general surgeon and physician leader, with expertise in cancer, quality care, credentialing, ethics and the intricacies of the health care delivery system to the benefit of Valley Health’s hospitals and their patients in West Virginia.

A board certified general surgeon in Winchester for forty years, Dr. Bechamps was active in medical staff leadership at Winchester Medical Center (WMC) and has served on the WMC Board of Trustees and the WMC Foundation Board. He has also served as president of the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Virginia Board of Medicine, the Virginia Surgical Society and the Virginia chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He has served on the Virginia Tumor Registry and currently volunteers as a surveyor for the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Dr.

Bechamps graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, interned at Nassau County General Hospital in East Meadow, NY, and completed a general surgery fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN.

Tom Kluge
President, Hampshire Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital

Tom KlugeThomas S. Kluge is president of two Valley Health hospitals: Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney, W. Va., and War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Kluge provides strategic leadership and oversight of the operations of both facilities and serves on Valley Health’s senior management team. Working with the Board and hospital leadership teams, he is responsible for the growth, development, financial performance, talent management and employee engagement, physician recruitment and relations, development of clinical and service programs, and patient safety, quality and process improvement.

Kluge has more than 30 years of experience in hospital administration in Virginia and Georgia. He was chief operating officer at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital in South Boston, Va., from 1989 until May 2016, and has worked on Certificate of Public Need, construction, information technology upgrades, service line development and capital projects.

Kluge earned a Master of Health Services Administration and Bachelor Science degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Christine Lowman
Vice President and Controller, Valley Health; Chief Financial Officer, Hampshire Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital

Christine LowmanChristine Lowman is vice president and controller for Valley Health, and chief financial officer for Hampshire Memorial Hospital and War Memorial Hospital. She joined Valley Health in 1998 in the Internal Audit Department. She has served in her current role now for over four years, and prior to her current role, Christine was the Corporate Director of Internal Audit for Valley Health. She has 16 years of financial accounting and auditing experience with 14 of those years spent in the healthcare industry.

She is a member of several associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Healthcare Financial Management (HFMA) organization, and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). She is also involved in the West Virginia Hospital Association CAH Network, (Critical Access Hospital Network).

Christine received her B.S. degree in Accounting in 1996, and her M.B.A in 2011, from Frostburg State University, in Maryland. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. Additionally, in 2011, she earned a Certification from the HFMA organization as a Certified Healthcare Finance Professional.

In addition to her interest in the healthcare industry and finance, she enjoys traveling. Ireland, the Caribbean and Hawaii are amongst some of her favorites. She also enjoys sports and outdoor adventures, with skiing as an all-time favorite, and movies. Time shared with friends and family doing any of the above, ranks as the best way to spend a day away from work, and her niece, Faith, and three nephews, Connor, Haiden, and Bradley are the cherished kids in her life. Her motto, "Life is a Journey."

Heather Sigel
Vice President, War Memorial Hospital

Heather Sigel

Heather Sigel is the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at War Memorial Hospital and has been with Valley Health since 2014.

Heather has been involved in healthcare for over 20 years and has served in numerous clinical and leadership roles. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Board of Directors for United Way of Eastern Panhandle, Board of Directors for WVONE (West Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives) and also serves as Rotary Member in Morgan County, WV.

Sigel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary’s University.

Board of Trustees

As a non-profit healthcare organization, the members of the West Region Hospitals Board of Trustees serve without financial compensation. These individuals include healthcare professionals, business leaders, and community representatives whose dedicated leadership and guidance have established War Memorial Hospital as a leading provider of quality health care for our residents and visitors in the region.

  • Bradley Close - Chairman
  • Steve Slonaker - Vice Chairman
  • Rebecca Stotler - Secretary
  • Janet Cheshire
  • Thomas Leslie, DDS
  • Mark H. Merrill, President and CEO
  • Matthew Polk, MD
  • Patrick Turnes, MD
  • Thomas Kluge, President
  • Anthony Haywood, DO
  • Michael Watts, MD