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Bristol Chamber honored with VHHA Health Care Champion Award

Bristol Chamber • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

HOT SPRINGS, VA – During the VHHA Foundation’s Fall Conference today (Nov. 1), the Bristol Chamber of Commerce was presented with the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Health Care Champion Award, which recognizes the Chamber for its unwavering support of improving health care access on behalf of the local communities it serves in Southwest Virginia. Bristol Chamber President and CEO Beth Rhinehart was on hand at the conference to accept the award.

“Members of Virginia’s hospital community are delighted to recognize Beth Rhinehart and her team at the Bristol Chamber for their tireless work to represent the interests of the Chamber’s members and the communities of Southwest Virginia,” said VHHA President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton. “Community hospitals and health systems are vital community anchors, providers of essential health services, and often large regional employers that make numerous contributions to the areas they serve. Beth and the Bristol Chamber team have been steadfast, reliable partners in pursuing health care policies that serve patients, while supporting employers and health care providers in their region. In particular, that includes the Chamber’s leadership in advocating for increased access to low-cost health care coverage for thousands of Virginia adults, and its efforts to respond to the opioid crisis that has affected so many communities. For all these reasons, we are proud to award the VHHA Community Health Care Champion Award to the Bristol Chamber.”

“The Bristol Chamber is dedicated to the work of making our region a dynamic, thriving community by supporting the business community as the foundation of a growing and vibrant economy,” added Beth Rhinehart, Bristol Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “That mission includes efforts to promote a unified public spirit, and a focus on the general community welfare. Having a healthy community in which people have access to high-quality health care treatment when they need it is a vital component of a strong region, so supporting coverage access and the availability of treatment services is a core part of our mission. On behalf of the Chamber, I humbly accept the VHHA Community Health Care Champion Award, and I look forward to a continued partnership with local hospitals as we strive to make our community healthier and stronger.”

The theme of the 92nd annual Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Fall Conference (held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA) is “Beyond 2020: Redefining the Health Care Workforce.” The event attracted more than 200 attendees who have come to connect with health care colleagues, share ideas, valuable information, insights, and organizational strategies that support a resilient and agile workforce that is capable of effectively meeting the ongoing needs of patients, families, payers, administrators, and regulators. This year’s conference features a lineup of well-respected keynote speakers with expertise in diagramming and anticipating future health care workforce needs as hospitals and health care providers increasingly focus on population health efforts, serving patients in settings outside hospital walls, and as patient demand for treatment and services increases.

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