Moderator: Jim Kaufman, West Virginia Hospital Association
Jim Kaufman serves as president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA). Prior to joining WVHA, Kaufman served as vice president of public policy for the Children’s Hospital Association and director of government affairs for Johns Hopkins Institutions.
With more than 25 years of health policy experience, he has advocated at the federal, state and local levels, addressing a variety of issues to improve access to care including Medicaid hospital payments, Medicare physician incentive reforms and biomedical research. Kaufman’s experience also includes the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland General Assembly.
Since moving to West Virginia, Kaufman has become a member of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) Board of Trustees, West Virginia University’s Master of Health Administration Advisory Board, and the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State program. In his free time, he volunteers with Yak Fest and the West Virginia Jeep Club.
Kaufman earned his bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate Schools.
He is based in Charleston, West Virginia.
Panelist: Heidi Edwards, Charleston Area Medical Center
Heidi Edwards is the vice president for professional practice and Chief Nursing Officer for Charleston Area Medical Center. She completed her associate degree in nursing from the University of Charleston. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, followed by a master’s degree in nursing, both from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Edwards has an extensive clinical and leadership resume. She has worked in the roles of clinical nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager and associate administrator prior to assuming her current position. Edwards demonstrates her passion for leadership by maintaining facilitator status and an active teaching schedule for Development Dimensions International (DDI) and Vitalsmarts, Inc. She is also invested in organizational performance improvement as a Six Sigma Green Belt and serves as a Baldrige Examiner for The Partnership for Excellence.
Panelist: Arthur S. Hengerer, Federation of State Medical Boards, National Academy of Medicine
A graduate of the Albany Medical College, Arthur S. Hengerer, MD, completed his residency in otolaryngology at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center followed by a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has spent his academic career in Rochester, New York, and served as the chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Rochester from 1981-2007. Today, he remains a professor in the department. He was appointed to the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct in 2002 and served as the chair of the board from 2011-2019. He is a fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards and served on multiple committees, and chaired the ethics and professionalism and burnout and wellness workgroups. In 2010, he was elected to the board of the Federation of State Medical Boards and served two terms before being elected chair of the board in 2016. He served as a co-lead for the Conceptual Model workgroup of the Action Collaborative for Well-being and Resilience at the National Academy of Medicine, and he continues his involvement as the group expands its efforts due to the impact of COVID-19. He served as a representative of the Federation of State Medical Boards to the Advisory Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners from 2017-2021. He was elected to the board of the Federation of Physician Health Programs in 2021.
When not committed to the above activities he enjoys golf, bicycling and designing and making stained glass window panels. His family includes three children, Mark, Amy and Todd, and eight grandchildren.
Panelist: Matthew Murray, The Orchards
As vice president of pperations for The Orchards – post-acute and long-term care, Matthew Murray develops and implements policies and procedures to comply with federal, state and local requirements and to fulfill licensure certification standards while maximizing revenue and profit. He served in roles such as nursing home administrator, assisted living administrator and compliance officer prior to his current role. Murray embraces The Orchards mission which is ‘We Care for Minds, Bodies and Souls.’ He assures that the care and services provided meet or exceed the expectations of the residents, their families and physicians, thus minimizing complaints, licensure violations and lawsuits.
Murray is licensed to practice nursing home administration in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has been recognized by the American College of Health Administrators as a Certified Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Assisted Living Administrator. In addition, through the State of Pennsylvania, Murray is licensed as a Personal Care Home Administrator.
Murray attended Oak Glen High School and West Liberty University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and first in his class in the College of Business. Murray is active in the industry and community through board directorship with the West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center Health Careers Advisory Board, Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network, and Oak Glen Junior Bears baseball and softball.
He and his wife, Haylianne, reside in Chester with their daughters, Madison and Macie Jo, and their son, Max.