Tri-Area Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center headquartered in Laurel Fork, with clinics in Laurel Fork, Floyd, and Ferrum, named James L. Werth Jr., PhD, ABPP, as the organization’s chief executive officer, effective June 24.

Dr. Werth is a licensed clinical psychologist who comes to Tri-Area having worked as behavioral health and wellness services director and black lung program director at Stone Mountain Health Services, an FQHC in Southwest Virginia, since 2013.

Prior to his time at Stone Mountain, Dr. Werth was founding director of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program at Radford University in Radford.

“The Tri-Area Community Health Center continues to transform the healthcare service industry in rural Southwest Virginia communities to meet the needs of all of our patients,” states TACH board chair, Brenda Handy Hopkins.

“The TACH search committee conducted a comprehensive evaluation of both internal and external candidates over seven months. This is a critical time in TACH’s evolution. We are happy to announce Dr. James Werth as Tri-Area Community Health’s new CEO.”

Important in the board’s decision was Werth’s previous experience, knowledge and success in the healthcare industry. “He is both highly motivated and innovative. We are excited to work together with Dr. Werth to make Tri-Area Community Health the best and most progressive in the healthcare industry,” stated Hopkins.

Neal Graham at Virginia Community Healthcare Association stated, “I think the board of directors of Tri-Area Community Health has made an excellent selection. Dr. Werth is a valued member of the association and will be a very effective and dynamic leader for their center.”

Worth stated, “I am thrilled to be the new CEO for Tri-Area Community Health. The organization has a long history of providing high quality care in a fiscally responsible manner. I am looking forward to working with the skilled and dedicated staff to help people get the health-related assistance they need. I also anticipate collaborating closely with other organizations to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.”

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