Posted on 3/8/2021
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Albert L. Wright, Jr., President and CEO of West Virginia University Health System, today announced that Michael A. Grace, MBA, Ed.D., FACHE, will serve as new administrative director (CAO). Grace started her new position yesterday (August 2).
âMike is an exceptional leader and a seasoned healthcare executive,â Wright said. âAs CEO, he will provide essential leadership in a variety of operational and administrative areas and work closely with me as the healthcare system continues to grow and expand its services throughout the region. ”
In addition to serving as a CAO, Grace will also be the first president of the new healthcare system medical practice – the West Virginia University Healthcare System Medical Group.
âI am delighted to take on this new role and to work closely with Albert and his leadership team and to contribute to their continued efforts to build a truly remarkable and world-class health system,â said Grace. âWhat Albert and his team have accomplished over the past few years is incredible, and I’m delighted to help keep that momentum going. “
Grace’s appointment comes during a period of unprecedented growth for the healthcare system. Today it owns and operates 21 adult hospitals; a new nine-story, 150-bed children’s hospital that will open in January 2022; five institutes; and several affiliated clinics. With annual revenues exceeding $ 4 billion, the healthcare system is West Virginia’s largest employer with 26,000 employees and has hospitals, clinics, and medical offices in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, in Maryland and Virginia.
Grace recently served as Acting President of Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, West Virginia, and did so when that hospital joined the healthcare system under a management services agreement.
Prior to joining the healthcare system, Grace spent 20 years as a senior executive at UPMC, including most recently as CEO of UPMC Mercy Hospital, a 495-bed tertiary and academic hospital located in Pittsburgh, and earlier as vice president of operations. at UPMC Shadyside, a tertiary establishment with 520 beds. He was also vice-president of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and held several leadership positions within the academic practice plan of this health system, including executive administrator roles at the Cardiovascular Institute and the Department. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Earlier in his career, he was Director of Ancillary and Support Services at Excela Health System – Frick Hospital, a 195-bed community hospital located in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
Grace has obtained and maintains membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives and obtained her Bachelor of Health Care Administration as well as a Masters of Business Administration. He also recently completed his doctorate at the University of Southern California.