Health care is first topic for Leadership West Virginia

CHARLESTON -– Health care will be the first issue examined as part of this year's learning/training sessions for the 2010 class of Leadership West Virginia.

The 44 class members will convene in Charleston from March 25-26 for the first of eight leadership sessions that will be held throughout the state. The topic/theme for this first session is "Health Care," and the West Virginia Hospital Association is the session's host.

As part of the annual Leadership West Virginia program, class members will spend the year getting broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, being provided training opportunities to hone their leadership skills.

The 2010 class will begin the two-day session with a leadership development presentation entitled, "Honing Your Leadership Skills," in which class members will undergo Profile Testing. This testing helps to assess a person's unique characteristics in relation to his or her interaction with others. David Clayman (a Leadership Graduate) of Clayman and Associates PLLC, a clinical and forensic psychology firm located in Charleston, facilitate the exercise. Scott Hamilton of Profiles International Inc. provided the assessments.

Then the class will spend time at the CAMC/Robert C. Byrd Health Science Center and participate in a Health Care Reform Panel Discussion with Fred Early of Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, Evan Jenkins of the West Virginia State Medical Association, Nancy Malecek of the West Virginia Insurance Commission and Joe Letnaunchyn of the West Virginia Hospital Association.

The panel moderator is Richard Miller, a member of the Leadership Class of 1995 and President of West Virginia Health Systems. The class will end the day with a tour of CAMC's new Heart and Vascular Center.

The Charleston session will continue on Friday with a discussion with the CEOs of CAMC, Thomas Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital and Jackson General Hospital. Other activities will include an interactive discussion focused on corporate wellness. Katrina Mailloux, owner of PTK Fitness and a Leadership West Virginia graduate will lead this presentation. Larry Robertson, Executive Director of Hospice Care, will finish the day with a discussion of "End of Life Issues and Directives."

"This year's class is once again full of energetic individuals who want to make West Virginia a place of progress and prosperity. I am looking forward to getting to know each and everyone of them," said Pam Farris, Executive Director of Leadership West Virginia.

Financial support, at the present time, for the Health Care Session is provided by West Virginia Hospital Association, CAMC Health System, Clayman & Associates PLLC, Embassy Suites, Profiles International, Inc.

Leadership West Virginia is a statewide education and leadership development program affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Supported by tuition and private and corporate contributions, the program aims to identify emerging leaders throughout West Virginia and enhance their knowledge of not only the challenges facing the state, but also of the diversity and the unique attributes that the Mountain State possesses.

"Leadership West Virginia will continue to grow as the premier leadership program with the commitment and support of the many partners in our communities," Farris added.

Leadership West Virginia ( is committed to developing and motivating a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. To date, more than 800 individuals have participated and have been graduated as part of the Leadership West Virginia program.

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