Winchester Medical Center appoints new president

Grady W. “Skip” Philips III, chief operating officer of Winchester Medical Center and a system-level senior vice president, has been promoted to president.

Philips joined Valley Health in December of 2013 and said he looks forward to continuing to support the Valley Health team in the years to come.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside the Valley Health leadership team with our medical community and our WMC staff of caregivers,” he said. “This is something that I enjoy doing that hopefully makes a difference in the lives of others and it’s also been a blessing in my life and the life of my family over the last two and a half years.”

He added that he will continue to advance key clinical services, including heart and vascular services, oncology, women and children services and neuroscience services.

“Probably the biggest thing that we want to continue to do and I see as a big part of our leadership role is to ensure the trust of the people who provide the care within our organization, but also the trust of the community that we serve,” he said.

Mark Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health System, recommended Philips’ promotion with the endorsement of the Board of Trustees of Winchester Medical Center and medical staff leadership at a May 20 meeting.

Philips joined Valley Health after a 25-year healthcare administration career at hospitals and health systems in Virginia and Georgia, a news release from Valley Health states.

“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,” the release states. “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.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com