Virginia Leaders in Business and Health Care Gather for the 2023 Virginia Health Care Conference
June 8th, 2023

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Virginia Leaders in Business and Health Care Gather for the 2023 Virginia Health Care Conference

Transforming Virginia’s Health Care Future”

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Moments ago, the 2023 Virginia Health Care Conference concluded with participation from over 350 attendees. In its 13th year, the conference was co-hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and the Virginia Business Coalition on Health.

The conference brought together leading industry experts, members of the business community, and members of Governor Youngkin’s Administration to discuss the latest trends and innovations in addressing workforce development in health care, reshaping behavioral health, and new opportunities for transforming health care in the Commonwealth.

Bryan Slater, Virginia Secretary of Labor, provided keynote remarks focusing on the newly passed, bi-partisan legislation that will consolidate and transform Virginia’s workforce development system and how the Administration will address the workforce challenges in Virginia’s health care industry.

The program also included a panel discussion, moderated by Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, John Littel, on current trends in behavioral health, recommendations for policy changes in the Commonwealth, and how the business community can play a larger role in improving outcomes for individuals.

As a highlight of the event, Barry DuVal, President, and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, announced the creation of the Virginia Chamber Foundation’s Workforce and Education Center. Under the Virginia Chamber Foundation 501(c)(3), the Center will work to ensure Virginia remains at the top of national business climate rankings.

“The Center will work to develop policy and implement programming to help ensure access to education and workforce development opportunities for all Virginians,” said Barry DuVal. “We believe this will drive the creation of a strong education-workforce system that maintains Virginia’s reputation as the best state for talent.”

Additional Highlights from Conference Include: (listed in order of appearance)

Keynote and Special Remarks:

The Honorable Bryan Slater, Virginia Secretary of Labor

Barry DuVal, President & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Michael Elliott, COO, VCU Health System and Secretary-Treasurer, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Board of Directors

Karen Velkey, VP of Compensation and Benefits, HII, and Co-Chair, Blueprint Virginia Health Care and Life Sciences Executive Committee  


Panel Discussion: Workforce Development in Health Care

Moderator: Sean Connaughton, President & CEO, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association


Justin Fulton, Vice President of Talent Management, Sentara Healthcare

Jesse Goodrich, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Riverside Health System

Dr. Marlon Levy, CEO (Interim), VCU Health Systems and Sr. Vice President (Interim), VCU Health Sciences


Panel Discussion: Reshaping Behavioral Health

Moderator: The Honorable John Littel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources


Matt Brown, Chief Administration Officer, Addiction Recovery Care (ARC)

Mike Lutes, President, Bon Secours Richmond

Sharon Lamberton, MS, RN, Deputy Vice President, State Policy and External Outreach, PhRMA

Dr. Steve Motew, Chief, Clinical Enterprise, Inova Health System

Jason Youngblood, Director, Behavioral Strategy, Cigna


Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Transformational Health Care

Moderator: Paige Fitzgerald, Counsel, Troutman Pepper LLP


Sweeny Bansal, Vice President / General Manager, Atlantic Division – Richmond and Chesapeake, Labcorp

John Derse, Senior Partner, Healthcare Provider Industry Practice Leader, Mercer

Jason Lineen, Chief Strategy Officer, UVA Health

Robert Nelson, IV, Healthcare Executive Director, Virginia Ecosystem, Genentech

Courtney Walker, PharmD, Health Outcomes Director – Health Equity, Novo Nordisk, Inc.


Luncheon Program:

Keynote Remarks: “The Power of Food as Medicine”

Introduced by: Kurt Small, President, East Region, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Dr. Kofi Essel, Food As Medicine Program Director, Elevance Health

Closing Remarks: Monica Schmude, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia


The full program for the 2023 Virginia Health Care Conference can be found here.


About the Virginia Chamber Foundation:

The Virginia Chamber Foundation tracks Virginia’s economic competitiveness, conducts research and analysis, and hosts programs connected to the priorities of Blueprint Virginia. In December 2021, the Chamber released its new statewide strategic economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2030, which engaged over 7,000 business, economic development, workforce, education, housing, and other community leaders to lay out a plan to ensure Virginia remains at the top of national business climate rankings. Learn more at