Sovah Health-Danville names new CEO; more . . .

Here’s a round-up of news briefs from Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to [email protected].

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Sovah Health – Danville names CEO

Sovah Health has announce that Steve Heatherly has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) at Sovah Health – Danville starting January 16, 2023. He will also assume the role of Market President for Sovah Health, in which he will have operational oversight of facilities and associated services within the Sovah Health system, including Martinsville. 

Heatherly replaces Alan Larson, who announced his plans to retire from the system earlier this year after leading the market since 2015.

Heatherly joins Sovah Health from Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville, N.C. During his tenure there, he served as chief operating officer (COO). Prior to his time at Pardee, Heatherly served as chief executive officer of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, two Duke LifePoint hospitals in western North Carolina. Before being named CEO in 2012, he served in numerous capacities within the hospitals’ system including chief executive officer of the MedWest Physician Network, and executive vice president, among other leadership roles.

Heatherly earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina, a Master of Business Administration from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive and a Certified Patient Safety Officer.

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Mill Mountain Theatre production resumes after COVID outbreak

“Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” is re-opening at Mill Mountain Theatre after one week of cancellations due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the cast and key production members, according to a release from Mill Mountain. 

Performances resume starting with the 7:30 p.m. show on December 21st and the show runs through December 23rd on the Trinkle MainStage. 

For the remainder of the run, Mill Mountain Theatre encourages its audience to wear masks to the performances, the statement said. Mill Mountain will provide masks upon entry to patrons in need.

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Governor orders flags lowered for Brodnax police chief

Governor Glenn Youngkin has ordered state flags be lowered to half-staff on Thursday in memory of Brodnax Police Chief Joseph Edward Carey, who recently died in a crash in the line of duty.

Brodnax is on the Mecklenburg-Brunswick county line.

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Warner, Kaine announce federal funding for homeless veterans

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced have $842,140 in federal funding to help homeless veterans in Virginia access affordable housing. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (VASH), which allows veterans to receive rental assistance through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and case management and supportive services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Those receiving funds are:

·       $415,494 to the Fairfax County Redevelopment & Housing Authority

·       $315,641 to the Virginia Housing Development Authority, which will be distributed across Virginia

·       $40,680 to the Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority

·       $36,622 to the Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority

·       $33,703 to the Staunton Redevelopment & Housing Authority

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Griffith announces service academy nominations

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has announced the following nominations to the nation’s service academies:

U.S. Air Force Academy

Audrey Williams – Weber City

Morgan Tipton – Gate City

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Matthew Dillon – Salem

U.S. Military Academy

Mariana Soto-Martinez – Blacksburg

U.S. Naval Academy

Matthew Dillon – Salem

Tanner Long – Christiansburg

Morgan Tipton – Gate City

Abigail White – Narrows

In order to receive an appointment, nominees must meet all entrance requirements of the specific academy. 

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Farm Credit of the Virginias donates to Virginia charities

Farm Credit of the Virginias, a lending cooperative that provides financing to farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, has pledged a Christmas donation of $15,000, which was divided amongst 25 charities local to their tristate territory. The annual donation was made on behalf of Farm Credit of the Virginias’ customer-owners and business affiliates.

The following charitable organizations in Virginia will receive a Christmas donation from the cooperative:

  • Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta – Staunton
  • Valley Open Doors Homeless Shelter – Harrisonburg
  • Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County – Harrisonburg
  • Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. – Lexington
  • Grace A LOT Ministries – Chatham
  • Jane Jones Food Pantry – South Boston
  • Society of St. Andrews – Big Island
  • Bedford Farmer’s Market – Bedford
  • We Care of Franklin County – Rocky Mount
  • Minority Veterans and Farmers of the Piedmont – Brandy Station
  • Virginia Tech Chapter of Cultivating Change Foundation –  Blacksburg
  • Wythe County Social Services – Wytheville
  • The Barns at Blue Mountain – Abingdon
  • Bonsack Baptist Church – Roanoke County
  • Boulder Crest Foundation – Bluemont
  • Fauquier Education Farm – Warrenton
  • Albemarle County 4-H – Charlottesville
  • Orange County Animal Shelter – Orange
  • Culpeper Toy Chest – Culpeper


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