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File photo. Mario Liberatore, chairman of the Pleasant Valley board, discusses the new management agreement with Cabell Huntington Hospital. File photo. Mario Liberatore, chairman of the Pleasant Valley board, discusses the new management agreement with Cabell Huntington Hospital.
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Pleasant Valley Hospital and Cabell Huntington Hospital recently announced Blen A. Washington would serve as the new chief executive officer for PVH.

Naming a full-time CEO for PVH was one of the key tenets of the Dec. 4 joint management agreement between PVH and CHH.

Mario Liberatore, PVH chairman of the board said at the announcement he would lead a search team to recommend a candidate for the position.

"After a careful and thorough search process, the board and I unanimously believe that Glen Washington is the right CEO to lead PVH for the future," Liberatore said. "His experience with rural hospitals, knowledge of building a strong medical and clinical staff and attention to daily operations and outstanding customer service are the ideal combination of executive leadership qualities PVH needs for success."

Washington will be the full-time, dedicated CEO at the PVH campus as well as a member of the CHH executive team. He has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of CHH since 2007, where he was responsible for overseeing hospital operations and clinical areas, with an emphasis on information technology and physician recruitment and retention.

"I've had the pleasure of working with Glen for the past six years and am confident that he will bring the same energy and enthusiasm to PVH that he has shown at CHH," said Brent A. Marsteller, CHH president and CEO. "Thanks to his relationship with our team, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health, he is best positioned to lead PVH toward realizing their goals for long-term success."

Washington graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., with a bachelor's degree in science, then earned a master's degree in health administration at the Medical College of Virginia at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders and currently serves as a regent for the state of West Virginia and southwest Virginia.

"I'm honored to join the distinguished and dedicated PVH team of health care professionals," Washington said. "I look forward to working with the medical staff, employees and community; supporting growth in current and future services; and helping PVH become the hospital of choice in Point Pleasant and surrounding communities."

PVH and CHH announced their partnership discussions in August 2013 and the agreement was approved by the PVH Board of Directors Nov. 18 then the CHH Board of Directors Dec. 3. The partnership became effective Dec. 4.