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Virginia Gay Hospital (VGH) and the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation (VGHHCF) announce changes to their board of director members for 2019. James Hodgson retired from service on both the hospital and foundation boards after serving since 2003. Tedd Mann has also retired as a member of the foundation’s board of directors after serving since 2007.

“We are deeply grateful for both men’s service, guidance, leadership and support throughout the last 15 years,” stated Robin Martin, VGHHCF. “Healthcare in Benton County saw great improvements during their tenure with the completion of a remodel and an expansion project at the hospital, the addition of the Atkins Family Medical Clinic and new construction at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic.”

Mike Riege, hospital administrator added, “Ted and Jim provided great leadership to the hospital because as engineers, they are intelligent guys.  They quickly grasped the complexities of providing healthcare to a large community. And as business partners, they understood how difficult it could be to run a business. Their advice on management was invaluable regarding the business-related side of Virginia Gay.”

Beginning this month, Sara Stueffen, DDS will be joining the VGH board of directors. Stueffen owns Sara Stueffen DDS PC Family Dentistry in Vinton. Therese Foth and Marleen Patterson will also begin serving on VGHHCF’s board in January 2019. Foth, who is already a member of the hospital’s board of directors, is a Vice President/ Assistant Trust Officer at Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and Patterson is retired from Rockwell Collins and resides in Atkins.

Riege said that the addition of Sara Stuefen makes the first time in the history of VGH that three health professionals will serve on the board at the same time. “The experience she brings will provide a tremendous advantage in the clinical management of this healthcare enterprise.  Sara is a caring, compassionate healthcare provider who VGH will have the privilege of working with for many years to come.”

Martin added, “though I’ll miss our two retiring board members, I’m excited to be working with all three of these ladies. They have shown an enthusiasm for bettering the communities they live in by being involved in many local organizations and volunteering in the area. They will be great additions to our board.”

Virginia Gay Hospital (VGH) is a privately operated, nonprofit rural hospital created by the trust of Virginia Gay, which has successfully served the needs of the people of Vinton and the surrounding communities since 1923. Its purpose is to provide quality health care services by using innovative, growth-oriented techniques and maintaining a sound financial base.

The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to continue health and medical care to people of the Virginia Gay Hospital service area. The Health Care Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the mission of Virginia Gay Hospital by transforming charitable donations into state-of-the-art medical equipment, facility updates, and special programs.

To learn more about the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation, it’s outreach programs and how you can help, visit www.myvghfoundation.org. To learn more about Virginia Gay Hospital and its clinics in the Benton County communities of Atkins, Urbana, Van Horne, and Vinton, visit www.myvgh.org.

James Hodgson

Tedd Mann

Sara Stueffen, DDS

Therese Foth

Marleen Patterson