Christy Connolly to lead Fauquier Health Foundation
The president of Fauquier Health's fundraising arm will become its chief executive officer Thursday.
Christy Connolly, vice president of Strategic Services for Fauquier Health, has accepted the position of CEO of Fauquier Health Foundation, effective October 31, according to a release from Fauquier Health.
While at Fauquier Health, Connolly has not only served as president of Fauquier Health Foundation, but also has had oversight for the health system’s strategic planning, board development, decision support, volunteers, marketing, information systems, environmental services and emergency preparedness.
Fauquier Health’s upcoming partnership with LifePoint Hospitals is changing the Foundation's mission. According to the release, the Foundation will separate from Fauquier Health and become an independent organization "dedicated to developing health-related programs and services for the community." The Foundation will have more than $100 million to bring to bear to this end.
“Christy is the perfect fit for this position. She has the intellect, the experience, and mostly importantly, the heart for this work," said Marshall Doeller, chairman of the Fauquier Health Board of Directors, who has worked alongside Connolly for years.
Connolly earned an M.S. in Healthcare Administration from George Mason University in May. She has an M.M.C. from the University of South Carolina in public relations and mass communications, and her B.S. from Longwood College.
Her prior work experience includes the American Red Cross and the American Lung Association of Virginia. She has served on task forces of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and the boards of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce and Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. She is the president of the Rotary Club of Warrenton. Connolly has also been an adjunct faculty member with Lord Fairfax Community College.
Rodger Baker, president and CEO of Fauquier Health, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for Christy. Having an individual with such a deep understanding of the culture, values and history of Fauquier Health will make the upcoming transition smoother for the health system and for the new foundation.”
“We are going to do great things together," Connolly said. "I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and the opportunity to use my experience and education for such a meaningful purpose."
Connolly resides in Warrenton with her husband, John, and three sons – Cavan, Harry and Max.
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