Board members receive certification

PHILIPPI – Members of the Broaddus Hospital Association Board of Trustees received certification from the West Virginia Hospital Association, confirmation that those in charge of the hospital’s governance completed an intensive education program.

The eight individuals who serve as trustees underwent the voluntary process that includes education on issues such as fiduciary responsibility, national and state health care trends, quality and patient safety. The Davis Health System board achieved the certification in 2012.

“We have a dedicated and talented group of people who help ensure Broaddus Hospital provides the best possible care to residents in our region,” said Jeff Powelson, CEO of Broaddus Hospital. “This certification from the West Virginia Hospital Association is proof of that and shows their commitment will continue for many years to come.”

Joseph M. Letnaunchyn, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association, noted the program is now more important than ever because of changing health care regulations. He said certification “enables hospitals to demonstrate to lawmakers, regulators, physicians, employees, the business community and other community stakeholders that West Virginia hospitals understand and embrace the need for governance accountability, govern according to a standard of excellence, are committed to advancing trustee knowledge, and are willing to voluntarily report on their governance education involvement.”

Members of the Broaddus Hospital Board include Chairman Robert Digman, Vice Chairman Forrest “Bud” Kelley, Secretary Dorothy Hayhurst, James Taylor, Kathryn Beverly, Jeff Rogers, Danny Franke and Jude McConnell. All received a certificate in honor of their accomplishment.

Digman, who has a doctoral degree in chemistry from Penn State University, is a graduate of Alderson Broaddus University, formerly known as Alderson-Broaddus College. A board member at Broaddus Hospital since 1994, Digman worked for Alderson Broaddus for 33 years as a professor, provost and interim president. He also is a member of the Davis Health System Board of Directors.

Kelley is a graduate of Alderson Broaddus University and received his master’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He taught at Elkins and Grafton High Schools before becoming an instructor at Alderson Broaddus. In addition to Broaddus Hospital, where he has served since 2004, Kelley serves on the board for Davis Health System and Adaland Mansion.

Hayhurst is a graduate of the Alderson Broaddus school of Nursing and has been on the hospital board since 1992. She is a founding member of Animal Friends of Barbour County. The retired director of nursing for Broaddus Hospital, Hayhurst is chairman of the Philippi City Planning Commission and a member of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

Taylor, a native West Virginian, is the retired postmaster at the Flemington Post Office. He has been a member of the Broaddus board since 1989.

Beverly graduated from West Virginia University with a master of science degree and is a certified rehabilitation counselor and licensed professional counselor at the Clarksburg Regional Rehabilitation Center. She joined the board in 2002.

Rogers, the president and CEO of Barbour County Bank, has a degree in accounting from Alderson Broaddus University and is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Banking and Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis. A member of the board since 2011, he is past president of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Barbour County Development Authority.

Franke, a professor at Alderson Broaddus, has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He is a board member at Heart and Hand Ministry of Philippi, the North Central West Virginia Red Cross and the West Virginia Baptist Education Society. He joined the board in 2011.

McConnell is a retired teacher from Barbour County schools and is chairman of the Barbour County Democratic Executive Committee. He has been a member of the Broaddus Hospital board since 2008.

“We’re proud to put the residents of Barbour County first when it comes to the care we provide,” Powelson said. “From our board to our medical staff to our support services, that remains our promise to the community.”