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VHHA Honors 2016 HosPAC Health Care Hero Award Recipients

Eight esteemed state lawmakers are recipients of the 2016 HosPAC Health Care Hero Award that recognizes legislators who epitomize leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the mission of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association in the community and the Virginia General Assembly. Award recipients for 2016 are Senator George L. Barker (D-Fairfax County); Delegate M. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna); Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington County); Senator Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax County); Delegate Matthew James (D-Portsmouth); Senator Stephen D. Newman (R-Lynchburg); Senator William M. Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County); and Delegate Christopher P. Stolle (R-Virginia Beach).

Presented by VHHA’s HosPAC (political action committee), the awards are bestowed on elected officials who have a demonstrated record of supporting issues related to hospitals and health care, have taken important stands on behalf of hospitals and health care, have introduced or supported priority legislation impacting hospitals and health care, and shown proven leadership in effecting significant change to benefit hospitals and health care. The 2016 awards were formally presented at a ceremony this week attended by Senator Barker, Senator Howell, and Delegate Stolle.

“Access to quality health care is important to the well-being of Virginians and the economic prosperity of the Commonwealth. Bi-partisan, common sense health care public policy decisions that support our health care system are vital to a healthy and productive Virginia,” said 2016 HosPAC Campaign Chair E.W. Tibbs Jr., the President and CEO of Lynchburg-based Centra Health System. “The eight Virginia citizen legislators selected as 2016 HosPAC Health Care Hero Award recipients have each worked to advance health care policy solutions in the General Assembly. On behalf of community hospitals and health systems across the Commonwealth, I applaud and congratulate these deserving awardees.”

“Advocating for complex health care policy isn’t always easy. It can take commitment and investment of time and effort to comprehend its intricacies. It is critically important to have engaged legislators take on these tough issues on behalf of the health care needs of all Virginians,” added HosPAC Board Chairman James W. Dunn, Vice President for Advocacy and Community Affairs with Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “The health care community is grateful to have support from accomplished legislative leaders willing to passionately engage on such important public policy issues.”

This is the second year the HosPAC Health Care Hero Award has been bestowed on Virginia legislators. Award recipients from the 2015 inaugural class include Senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta County); Delegate Terry G. Kilgore (R-Gate City); Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax County); and Delegate David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville). View the 2015 winners online here, and the 2016 recipients here.

  • Pictured from left: VHHA Board Chair Mary N. Mannix, Delegate Chris Stolle, Senator Janet Howell, VHHA HosPAC Campaign Chair E.W. Tibbs Jr., Senator George Barker, and VHHA HosPAC Board Chair Jim Dunn.

AHA PAC MVPP Awarded at the 2016 VHREF Annual Conference in Williamsburg, VA

Last year, HosPAC’s successful fundraising also helped the American Hospital Association PAC. Because of those efforts, AHA PAC honored two recipients from the VHHA Membership with its Most Valuable PAC Player Award.

The first AHA PAC award was presented to Inova Health System. Inova Health System has been a longtime advocate for regarding policy changes that affect healthcare on the state and federal level. Inova has also been a strong leader year after year in HosPAC and the AHA PAC campaigns. Congratulations!

  • Pictured Left to Right:
    (L): Paul Speidell, Sentara-VP of Govt. Relations & Health Policy presents the AHA PAC MVPP award to (R): Jennifer Siciliano, Inova-VP of Govt. Relations

The second of the AHA PAC awards was presented to Valley Health System. During the 2015 HosPAC Campaign, Valley Health System ramped up its fundraising and advocacy initiatives. Valley Health has been instrumental in being a 'voice' and advocate for healthcare in Virginia. Congratulations!

  • Pictured Left to Right:
    (L): Paul Speidell, Sentara-VP of Govt. Relations & Health Policy presents the AHA PAC MVPP award to (Center) N. Travis Clark, Valley Health – President, Page Memorial Hospital and (R): Thomas T. Gilpin, Valley Health Trustee