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Summit Talent Group Completes Chief Financial Officer Executive Search

Posted at May 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : News & Placements | 0 Comment

Valley Health System Names New CFO after Financial Officer Executive Search by Summit Talent Group

Winchester, Va., May 19, 2014 – Peter Gallagher has accepted the position of Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Valley Health System effective June 2. He has been providing interim financial leadership to VHS since February.

Peter Gallagher has more than 30 years of experience in hospital and health system financial management. His areas of expertise inc de: revenue cycle, finance and accounting, IT, materials management, physician practice management, real estate, managed care contracting, and other related services. He spent a substantial part of his career at Bon Secours Virginia, which operates seven acute care hospitals, freestanding imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers, a physician enterprise with over 300 physicians and other services in the Richmond and Tidewater area. Since leaving Bon Secours as SVP and CFO in late 2011, Gallagher has provided financial and related consulting services to hospitals and health systems. Other experience includes The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Coopers & Lybrand.

“Pete distinguished himself from a very strong and talented candidate pool,” said Mark H. Merrill, Valley Health System President and CEO. “His leadership experience with complex health care systems, physician relationships, and capital markets made him an excellent candidate. During his brief tenure with Valley Health, he has contributed effectively to organizational advancement and established solid and productive relationships with many constituents, including colleagues, staff and trustees.”

Gallagher received his Bachelor of Science at Miami University in Ohio, and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He is a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a licensed CPA in Virginia. In 2009, he received the “Mid-Career Award” from the Catholic Health Association for his leadership in Catholic health care. Gallagher and his wife, Betsy, have three adult children who live in Virginia.

Valley Health is a not-for-profit regional health system serving a population of 450,000 in northwest Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Valley Health includes six acute care hospitals in Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock and Luray, Virginia; and Berkeley Springs and Romney, West Virginia. Additional services include Urgent Care Centers in Winchester, Front Royal and Martinsburg; medical transport, durable medical equipment stores, a retail pharmacy and physician practices throughout the region.

Contact: Carol Weare, 540-536-5152

Valley Health worked with boutique executive search firm, Summit Talent Group to fulfill this Financial Officer Executive Search. Summit Talent Group specializes in vetting and placing talent across all areas of the healthcare industry with a hands-on approach to attract, manage, develop, motivate and retain the key people for healthcare companies.

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