West Virginia United Health System CEO Elected to National Board

President and CEO of West Virginia United Health System J. Thomas Jones has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA). 

With the election, Jones also becomes chair of the AHA’s Regional Policy Board for West Virginia and six other mid-Atlantic states.

The AHA is a not-for-profit national association, which serves as advocate for nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care.  It provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

 President and CEO of West Virginia United Health System Tom Jones
“The Board sets the strategic agenda for AHA and determines the priorities of the association,” Jones said.  “It’s exciting work.  We’re looking at health care reform, assuring affordability and quality of care, and providing health insurance to all Americans.”

Jones says he knows of only two other West Virginians ever elected to the Board, and he counts them both as his mentors: Gene Staples, the first CEO of WVU Hospitals, and Sam Nazzaro, former CEO of Wheeling Hospital.

“Those great men emphasized the value of getting involved and ensuring that all West Virginia hospitals had a voice,” Jones said.  “We have unique issues because we’re a rural state. It’s important that our positions be heard on a national level.”

Jones is a current member and former chair of the West Virginia Hospital Association Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.   His term on the national Board is for three years, beginning January 1, 2008.

The West Virginia United Health System is the largest healthcare system in West Virginia, and the second largest private employer in the state.  WVU Hospitals in Morgantown, United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, and WVUH-East in Martinsburg and Ranson are all part of the System.

For more information about the West Virginia United Health System visit www.wvunitedhealthsystem.org.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
aj: 08-20-07

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