CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Vickie Jones, acting commissioner of the state Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities has been appointed to that position permanently.
Jones, who was also the CEO of Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital, will take over officially on Sunday, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.
"Filling this position on a permanent basis has been a priority for me, since the bureau oversees all seven state-owned and -operated hospitals, as well as the community-based behavioral health system in West Virginia," DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling said. "I am confident Vickie's wealth of experience in health care and her proven leadership will make her successful in this position."
Jones took over as bureau commissioner beginning in 2009, replacing John Bianconi. Jones became CEO at Mitchell-Bateman, but continued to serve as acting commissioner. In taking the permanent position as commissioner, Jones is resigning as CEO of Mitchell-Bateman.
She has an associate's degree in accounting and a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Kentucky. She earned a master's degree in health-care administration from Marshall University.
Pat Franz, assistant CEO at Mitchell-Bateman, will be acting CEO for the bureau while the agency searches for Jones' replacement.