Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center Leadership
Al Pilong Jr.
CEO, Novant Health UVA Health System
Al Pilong, Jr. joins Novant Health UVA Health System from Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, Michigan where he most recently served as president of Munson Medical Center and chief operating officer of Munson Healthcare. During his time with Munson Healthcare, Pilong led the organization to receive an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a magnet designation for nursing for the third time and accreditation as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care, maternity care, and knee and hip replacement, among other awards and recognitions. Prior to his role with Munson Healthcare, Pilong served as the president of Winchester Medical Center and senior vice president of Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia.
Pilong holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York and a Bachelor of Science from the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway Township, New Jersey. He also completed an executive management program at the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics in Philadelphia and holds board certification in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Donna Staton serves as the president of Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center.
Prior to joining Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, Staton served as chief operating officer for Fauquier Health System, a LifePoint Health hospital located in Warrenton, VA since 2016. Before being named chief operating officer, Staton served as Fauquier Health System's vice president of Strategic Services where she led strategic planning as well as leadership and operational oversight for all Fauquier Health System IT functions. Previously, as chief information officer, she helped Fauquier Health improve productivity and reduce costs through use of technology and process improvement processes.
Chief financial officer, Novant Health UVA Health System
Chuck Coder serves as chief financial officer of Novant Health UVA Health System and is responsible for financial operations of the entire joint operating company which includes Culpeper Medical Center, Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center, as well as the System’s three ambulatory surgery centers, multiple employed physician clinics throughout the region, imaging facilities, Novant Health UVA Health System Cancer Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Caton Merchant House, an assisted living facility. Since joining Novant Health UVA Health System in April of 2016, Coder has served as the primary financial liaison to both parent partner organizations.
Prior to joining Novant Health UVA Health System, Coder held executive financial leadership roles with healthcare systems across the country. At Community Health System, Coder served as market chief financial officer of the Virginia Region where he was responsible for all financial operations of the system’s three Virginia hospitals. Coder also previously served as chief financial officer for South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Alabama, and chief financial officer at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Spring Hill, Florida.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida.
Julie Hixson Suijk
Vice president and chief human resources officer, Novant Health UVA Health System
Julie Hixson Suijk serves as the vice president and chief human resources officer of Novant Health UVA Health System. As chief human resources officer, Hixson Suijk will oversee all human resource management functions, including the creation of a talent strategy to successfully execute and achieve strategic, operational and financial objectives. She will evaluate capabilities, resources and organizational needs to develop and lead a comprehensive service delivery model for the health system.
Prior to joining Novant Health UVA Health System, Hixson Suijk served as the leader of human resources at Fauquier Health/Lifepoint Health in Warrenton, Virginia, where she developed a clinical certification bonus program to recognize career development, launched a system-wide ambassador program to improve staff engagement and fostered relationships with area community colleges and high schools to build a local talent pipeline. Hixson Suijk also served as the vice president of human resources and director of human resources for Valley Health System in Winchester, VA.
Hixson Suijk earned a masters degree in organization development and knowledge management from George Mason University in Arlington, VA and a bachelor's degree in finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She has been certified by the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute.
Board of Trustees, Officers and Physician Representatives
Attorney and Managing Partner, Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC
Charles Barrell is a founding partner of Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, P.L.C, a law firm in Culpeper, Virginia. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Culpeper Regional Health System and Culpeper Regional Hospital in 2013, serving as Treasurer. A graduate of Culpeper County High School, Barrell received a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a law degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is married to Jane Inskeep Barrell, who is a former member of the Hospital Board of Trustees. They live in Culpeper County. Barrell also serves as president of the Culpeper Recreation Foundation and treasurer of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation, of which he is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Hortense Hinton-Jackson
Dr. Hortense Hinton retired from a 40 year career in higher education in 2012. She joined Northern Virginia Community College in 2000 as dean of students at its Alexandria campus. She also served as interim vice president for academic and student services and in 2004, was appointed the provost of the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College where she managed all academic and student services at the campus. In transition to retirement in June 2012, Hinton became special assistant to the president of Northern Virginia Community College and the college’s liaison to the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. Prior to serving at Northern Virginia Community College, Hinton held administrative positions at Germanna Community College (1988-2000), the University of Virginia (1978-1988) and the University of the District of Columbia (1971-1978).
Hinton has served on the board of directors for the Prince William County – Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce and the Prince William County Economic Development Council. Regionally, she has served on the board of the Virginia Network of the American Council on Education, the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Equal Opportunity Council. Nationally, she is a member of the American Association of Community College’s President’s Roundtable and its Association of Women in Community Colleges.
Hinton earned a doctorate in counselor education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, a master’s degree in counseling at the University of District Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Sally Nan Barber
Special Advisor to the EVP for Health Affairs & Director of State and Federal Relations, University of Virginia Health System
Sally Barber current serves as the Special Advisor to the EVP for Health Affairs and Director of State and Federal Relations, UVA Health System. She has worked at the University of Virginia since January 2000. She serves as counselor and advisor to the EVP for Health Affairs and senior leadership of the Health System, and her duties include oversight of legal matters within the Health System, management of state and federal governmental relations for the Health System, and preparation for and coordination of Health System board meetings. Prior to returning to Charlottesville to work at UVA, she was a partner in private practice with the law firm of Parker, Poe in Charlotte, North Carolina, where her area of expertise was in health care law and transactions. Barber is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Barber is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Bar Association and a past member of the North Carolina Bar Association. She has served on numerous committees while at UVA and is a recipient of the University’s Equal Opportunity Programs Champion Award and a member of the Raven Society.
Douglas E. Lischke, CPA, MBA, CITP, CHFP
Douglas E. Lischke serves as the Health System’s Chief Financial Officer. He began his career at UVA in 2015 as the Health System’s first ever Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to that, Doug was the Associate Vice President for Financial Services and Controller for Wake Forest Baptist Health, where he held various finance roles over his 16 year tenure.
Doug is an active Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Healthcare Finance Professional and a Certified Information Technology Professional with over 25 years of financial management experience.
His responsibilities include oversight of all health system finance, consolidated financial reporting, treasury, revenue cycle management and serving as the health system senior executive representative to the University. He also represents the UVA Health System on various boards.
James Edward Ferguson, II (Jef), MD, MBA
W. Norman Thornton, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
Dr. James E. (Jef) Ferguson is the W. Norman Thornton, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Ferguson graduated from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1977. After completing his residency at Stanford University, he served as chief resident from 1980-1981 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was in private practice for one year and then returned to Stanford University to complete a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine from 1982-1984. He obtained an MBA in Healthcare Administration at George Washington University in 2008.
He is a member of several professional societies and has served as President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in numerous leadership roles including Director and Treasurer.
His research has focused on the pharmacologic treatment of preterm labor, techniques of prenatal diagnosis, the effects of periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes, and the consequences of intimate partner violence. Currently, Dr. Ferguson is a referee for many respected journals and section editor for Obstetrics in the Journal of Women’s Health. In addition to his research and work with patients, he has written over 120 journal articles and chapters and over 90 abstracts that have been presented at regional, national and international research meetings.
Thomas E. Reynolds
Thomas E. Reynolds joined Culpeper Family Practice Associates in 1980 after completing a three-year family practice residency program at Riverside Hospital in Newport News Virginia. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1971 and the University of Virginia Medical School in 1977. He was a family physician for 35 years and then became the Chief Medical Officer at Culpeper Medical Center in 2015. He served in that role until the spring of 2018 when he retired.
Dr. Reynolds was Chair Of the Culpeper Regional Health System Board from 2012 until 2014. He is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is presently the medical director of the Free Clinic of Culpeper and serves on that Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation and the Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic. Dr. Reynolds is an elder in the Culpeper Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Reynolds is married to Charla Reynolds and they have two grown sons. They’ve recently welcomed their first grandchild on December 17, 2018. He enjoys biking, skiing, and traveling.
Scott Syverud, MD
President of the Clinical Staff, University of Virginia Health System
Dr. Scott Syverud is a practicing emergency physician and president of the Clinical Staff of the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has served on the Culpeper Medical Center Board Quality Committee since 2010 and worked in the emergency department of Culpeper Medical Center from 2009-2012. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and teaches in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and his medical degree from the State University of New York in Syracuse, New York. Syverud received his specialty training at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
Syverud serves on the boards of the University of Virginia Medical Center, the Piedmont Liability Trust, and the University Physicians Group. He has led teams of University of Virginia Medical Center and Culpeper Medical Center volunteers providing free health care after disasters in Haiti and New Orleans, and at twenty Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics in far southwest Virginia. Syverud is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a past president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He and his wife Geraldine Syverud have five children.
Richard Harrington is a Certified Financial Planner with Mid-Atlantic Securities, a Financial Planning and Investment Service based in Culpeper, VA. Previously he was Vice President at Second Bank & Trust (now Union Bank).
Harrington holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Randolph-Macon College and received his Financial Planning Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Actively involved in the community, he is currently an assistant coach at Orange County High School Lacrosse Club and president of Orange County Lacrosse Inc. He has served on various non-profit Boards of Directors and/or committees including Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the former Culpeper Hospital Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Hospice, and Habitat for Humanity.
Raised in Charlottesville, VA, Harrington resides in Orange County, VA with his wife and three children.
Dr. James Denton
President of the medical staff at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center
Dr. James Denton is the current president of the medical staff at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. He also serves as the director of surgery and is board certified in general surgery and general vascular surgery. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Denton did his training in general surgery at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama and his peripheral vascular training at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Denton has been a member of the Virginia Board of Medicine as well as the Life Resources Regional Donor Center Board of Trustees. He has also served the Virginia Surgical Society as a council member, treasurer and president.