Valley Health Promotions Provide More Patient Access.

[HuntingtonWV November 6, 2023] – Valley Health Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce three promotions to provide greater patient access to quality healthcare.

Registered Nurse Heather Coffey has taken on a new role as QuickCare Program Manager and Health Center Administrator. In this new position, Coffey will oversee  Valley Health QuickCare (urgent care) locations and daily operations. Coffey has been with Valley Health since 2018. She says, “I take pride in working for an organization that provides resources and quality healthcare for our patients. Our Quick Care locations are essential in offering convenience, accessibility, and positive experiences during patients’ most vulnerable circumstances. I am excited to work with a compassionate team that strives to serve our patients when they need us most! “Coffey volunteers for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services, providing intranasal Naloxone administration training to initial responders. She lives in Barboursville, West Virginia, with her husband, son, and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, gardening, and spending time with her family. 

Registered Dental Hygienist Ryan Brady is moving into the role of Dental Program Manager for Valley Health. Brady will oversee all dental programs and services at Valley Health’s 8 locations. Brady graduated from Big Sandy Community and Technical College and Asbury University. He is also qualified as an Epic healthcare software Clinical Content Builder. Brady first joined Valley Health in 2004 and returned in 2016. Brady says his connection to Valley Health runs two generations deep, “Sometimes we treat patients; more often they inspire us. I chose to work at Valley Health because I grew up as a Valley Health kid, and my mom worked at Valley Health. I also worked at Valley Health Fort Gay some 20 years ago, so when I had the opportunity to come back as a provider, it was an easy decision. I love serving the community!”. He resides in Louisa, Kentucky, with his wife and two daughters and enjoys ultramarathon trail running in his spare time.

Registered Nurse Nicole Akers is entering a new role as Valley Health’s Pediatric Program Manager and Health Center Oversight Administrator. Akers will oversee all pediatric programs and services across all 43 Valley Health health centers. Akers graduated from Ohio University’s nursing program and joined Valley Health in 2012. She says, “I am thrilled to take on this new role. As a nurse, it is my passion to provide quality care to our patients, and I believe that children deserve the best care possible. I am excited to work with a talented team of providers and staff to ensure that our pediatric programs and services continue to meet the highest standards. I look forward to making a positive impact on the health and well-being of our youngest patients and their families.” Akers lives in Huntington with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family and two dogs when she is not serving Valley Health.

Valley Health President and CEO Steve Shattls says he is thankful for Coffey, Brady, and Akers’s years of service. ” Valley Health is fortunate to have such talented and dedicated individuals on our team to expand patient access to quality care. These new positions will ensure the growth of the service lines of QuickCare, pediatrics, and dentistry and provide seamless transitions as Valley Health continues to grow its footprint and fulfill our regional mission.”

Valley Health congratulates Heather Coffey, Ryan Brady, and Nicole Akers on their promotions and looks forward to many prosperous years ahead. 

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