Valley Health CEO plans to retire in 2020


WINCHESTER, Va. — Valley Health System President and CEO Mark H. Merrill recently announced that he will retire next year.

Merrill has led the nonprofit health system since 2009.

Since informing board members of his desire to retire, Merrill has worked with them to develop a transition process. With the approval earlier this year of the new strategic plan outlining the organization’s roadmap and priorities for the next five years, the board is positioned to recruit a new executive.

A board search committee, working with a national search firm, expects to select Merrill’s successor by next summer.

“Valley Health and, more importantly, the individuals who are Valley Health, are an essential community resource whose reach and impact are deep, wide, significant and long lasting,” Merrill said in the release. “It will be difficult to leave Valley Health, the people who have inspired and humbled me over the last decade and a career that has energized and challenged me for 35 years, but I’m excited about supporting the transition process before opening a new chapter of exploration, more family time, postponed endeavors and more.”

As a board member and chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), Merrill’s leadership and tireless advocacy was critical to the expansion of Medicaid in the commonwealth of Virginia, ensuring access to care for over 300,000 citizens.

“Mark has been instrumental in guiding Valley Health and positioning the system to provide the highest quality care to the patients we serve for decades to come,” said Dr. Patrick Ireland, vice chairmanof the board. “Implementing the strategic initiatives around ‘One System-One Purpose’ and the needed physical and IT infrastructure, Valley Health has further matured as an outstanding state-of-the-art health care delivery system. Mark’s wisdom of a shared vision with the physician community, promoting alignment and common goals, has promoted a culture of understanding that we are more effective together when addressing the challenges facing health care.”