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Breaking Barriers & Driving Change | Women in Mon Health System Leadership

Posted Date: 3/8/2023
Breaking Barriers & Driving Change | Women in Mon Health System Leadership

Top Row L-R: Victoria Jones, CEO, Highland-Clarksburg Hospital, an affiliate of Mon Health; Katie Davison, Chief Human Resources Officer, Mon Health System; Dr. Krystal Atkinson, Chief Nursing Executive, Mon Health System and Chief Administrative Officer, Mon Health Medical Center; Melissa Lockwood, Chief Administrative Officer, Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital and Grafton City Hospital

Bottom Row L-R: Karen Friggens, Vice President, Mon Health Medical Group; Wilma Sternthal, Executive Director, The Village at Heritage Point; Luella Gunter, Executive Director of Philanthropy, Mon Health System; Dr. Mary Edwards, Chief Medical Officer, Mon Health System and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Mon Health Medical Center; Candice Powers, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer, Mon Health System

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and face new challenges, women are playing an increasingly critical role in shaping its future. During Women’s History Month and year-round, Mon Health System celebrates the trailblazing women who lead the organization in driving innovation and improving patient outcomes.

Mon Health System is at a unique point in the organization’s history, with majority of its leadership roles maintained by women. These women help empower a wide range of individuals, from employees, physicians, and nurses, to become the leaders of tomorrow.

As Chief Nursing Executive at Mon Health System and Chief Administrative Officer at Mon Health Medical Center, Dr. Krystal Atkinson has made a significant impact on elevating nursing practices, ensuring the safety of staff and patients through COVID-19, nurturing essential relationships with providers and community members, expanding the graduate nursing pipeline through the implementation of the Mon Scholars Program and, most recently, the partnership with the WVJC School of Nursing at Mon Health.

Katie Davison, Chief Human Resources Officer at Mon Health System, has recentered recruiting efforts, standardized policies and procedures, and continues to keep the organization focused on its culture and people. She has led the system in hiring more than 830 employees throughout 2022. Katie was also recently appointed to the Leadership West Virginia’s 2023 class to represent Mon Health System across the state.

Melissa Lockwood currently serves as both Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital and Grafton City Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer. Since starting at the hospital in 1995, she has helped make significant strides in hospital quality and operations, including the opening of the new facility in 2015 and, most recently, the addition of a Chemotherapy Infusion Center coming soon to Preston County.

Candice Powers, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer at Mon Health System since 2018, oversees revenue cycle operations and system integration. She has helped to standardize the Pre-Access Service Center, which encompasses workflow management, pre-registration, authorization, and scheduling for patients. She also assisted Mon Health Medical Center in earning recognition as a Best Practices Adopter for Patient Financial Communications in 2022.

Victoria Jones serves as the CEO of Highland-Clarksburg Hospital, a non-profit mental health hospital and affiliate of Mon Health System located in Clarksburg. Victoria has led the hospital since 2018 and works collaboratively to provide the highest quality, most comprehensive behavioral health services in Harrison County.

As Chief Medical Officer at Mon Health System and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Mon Health Medical Center, Dr. Mary Edwards leads system coordination of hospital-based medical affairs and Mon Health Medical Center clinical affairs.

Wilma Sternthal, Executive Director of The Village at Heritage Point led the independent and assisted living community through the COVID-19 pandemic and kept residents safe while maintaining their independence and happiness.

Luella Gunter, Executive Director of Philanthropy at Mon Health System, serves as the primary strategist for system advancement through fundraising and stewardship efforts. Luella helped to raise an astounding $4.2 million in 2022, with $500,000 going toward the Progressing Through Postpartum Program (P3) during the 2022 Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary Ball of the Year. She is already vigorously working on the event for 2023.

Karen Friggens serves as the Vice President of Mon Health Medical Group. With Karen’s direction and strategic leadership, Mon Health System is dedicated to being a provider-led care team to better serve our communities with greater access to healthcare and improved patient outcomes.

In addition to the influential women serving in leadership roles at the hospital level, Mon Health System’s Board of Directors also benefit from the knowledge and contributions of female leadership. Kimberly Moyers serves as Board Chair and Natalie Stone as Vice Chair at Mon Health Medical Center, Kathy McNeill as Vice Chair at Mon Health System, Stephanie Stovash as Vice Chair for the Mon Health Medical Center Foundation, Robin Poling as Board Chair at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Trella Greaser as Board Chair for the Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital Foundation.

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate and commemorate the true difference that women across Mon Health System have made to enhance the health and wellness of the communities we serve. We are proud to be a community that inspires women in healthcare leadership, as well as encourage greater gender diversity and inclusion throughout the industry.

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