Ohio Valley Leadership

Judy K. Weaver, R.N., M.B.A., B.S.N.
Vice President, Clinical Quality and Chief Clinical Officer
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Acuity Specialty Hospital of  Ohio Valley

Judy Weaver is a compassionate and accomplished healthcare leader with over 38 years of experience in all facets of healthcare services, management, supervision, administrative duties, finances, direct patient care and public relations.

Judy joined Acuity Healthcare in 2007.  She currently serves a dual role as the Vice President Clinical Quality and Chief Clinical Officer and the Interim Chief Executive Office for Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley.

Prior to joining Acuity Healthcare, she served in many roles for Kindred Healthcare to include facility Chief Operating Officer; Chief Executive Officer and Regional Director Clinical Operations. She also served as the Director of Nursing for Vencor Hospital; Project Coordinator, Allegheny General Hospital and Nurse Manager, Medical Intensive Care Unit Allegheny General Hospital.  Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California University at the University of Pennsylvania and an Executive MBA from Madison University.

Chris Heilman
Chief Operating Officer/Administrator

Chris Heilman joined Acuity in March of 2007 after a 12-year endeavor with Weirton Medical Center. He brought with him clinical management skills, critical care experience and emergency care experience. Chris earned his nursing diploma from the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Joe Garuccio
Director of Physician Investor Relations

Joe Garuccio facilitated Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley’s opening in 2005 as the startup leader. Before coming to Acuity, Joe was the Director of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Liaison for Kindred Hospital’s Pittsburgh Market for 10 years. He is a licensed Respiratory Therapist and Educator.

Tracey Cutri, RN, CCM
Director of Case Management

Tracey joined Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley in May 2007 as a Case Manager. Tracey has more than 20 years of health care experience. She has experience in family practice, emergency, critical care, hemodialysis, and as a nurse recruiter. She has also worked for a large commercial insurance company. Tracey is a graduate of West Virginia Community College and a licensed Registered Nurse in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Rosanna Conforti
Admission Coordinator

Rosanna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University. She brings a great deal of experience in admissions to Long Term Acute Care Hospitals. She started with a long term acute care hospital in 2009 where she was instrumental in a new hospital start up. She also managed both inpatient and outpatient admissions. Currently, she is coordinating admissions for our three locations.

Dusty A. Bowers, MHA, RRT-NPS
Chief Quality-Compliance Officer

Dusty Bowers is a seasoned clinician and leader in the healthcare industry with more than 30 years of experience.  She began her Acuity career in 2009 as a respiratory manager.  Her ambition and constant desire to improve the healthcare environment for patients and staff, led her through progressively challenging roles as Director of Operations and Chief Operations Officer before becoming Chief Quality-Compliance Officer.

Dusty began her respiratory therapy career at a 575 tertiary hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was a member of the NICU/PICU air and ground transport team prior to entering leadership.  She completed her bachelor’s degree from Independence University where she also completed her Masters in Healthcare Administration.


Jodi Rusinovich
Business Office Manager & Credentials Coordinator

Jodi Rusinovich, Business Office Manager & Credentials Coordinator joined Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley in May 2008. Jodi arrived with 30 years of Healthcare experience within the tri-state area. She began her career at WMC in 1980, Kindred Hospital 1999, and Acuity Specialty Hospital in 2008. She oversees the daily business office duties as well as medical staff credentialing.

Denise Yocum
Director of Human Resources

Denise Yocum joined the Acuity Specialty Hospitals of Ohio Valley leadership team in September 2016.  Her area of responsibility focuses on every aspect of Human Resources Management.

Prior to working with Acuity Healthcare, Denise worked 12 years at a Fortune 500 sales and service organization.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1998.

Christine Guio Starvaggi, RN, MSN
Chief Clinical Officer

Chris joined the Acuity team in 2012.  She has been a nurse for 26 years with previous experience in telemetry, critical care, acute hemodialysis, and staff development.  Chris received her associate degree from West Virginia Northern Community College, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Wheeling Jesuit University.  She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University with a focus on the Education Specialist Track.


Sara Lane
Chief Financial Officer 

Sara is a seasoned professional who brings more than 10 years of experience to the team. She joined Acuity in 2015 as the controller prior to being promoted to CFO.  She started her career as a staff accountant and has worked her way through all aspects of accounting.

Sara is an active member of the community. She is President of the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club, Issues Manager for the State of Ohio Business and Professional Women’s Club, Kent State Accounting Association Alumni and Co-founder of the Jefferson County Young Professionals. Sara holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Heather Kemper, R.N., B.B.A
Director of Provider Relations

Heather Kemper joined Acuity Specialty Hospital, Ohio Valley in 2005.  She combines her passion and commitment to exceptional patient care, patient satisfaction and service in healthcare as the Director of Provider Relations. Her nursing degree was obtained from Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She continued her education and obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration from Kaplan University.

Physicians Credentialing

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley Medical Staff Credentials Guidelines:

1. An application for membership satisfying all requirements outlined in the Medical Staff Bylaws must be completed. The application must be completed in its entirety, with all of the appropriate signatures and supporting documentation prior to submission to the Medical Staff/Credentialing Services.

2. The contents of the application will be reviewed to ensure that the entire application (including requested attachments) is complete. It is the applicant’s burden of responsibility to supply the documents or information requested without exception.

3. Contents of a Completed Application

  • An application is complete when there are no blank spaces or unanswered questions, and the release is signed.
  • Applicant has returned completed delineation of privilege forms. These forms should be checked off appropriately, signed, and dated.
  • Applicant has included a copy of his current DEA, current medical license, current malpractice insurance (showing applicant’s name and the insurance expiration date), and state controlled substance license (if applicable).
  • Applicant has returned additional forms to the facility. (i.e. Acknowledgment of Medicare/Champus Penalties, Pharmacy Physician Information, Medical Records Physician Information, Managed Care Information)
  • Any application received void of any of the information listed above will be returned directly to the applicant, outlining deficiencies and will not be processed until all requested information is provided. If an application has to be returned to an applicant, it generally constitutes a 3-4 week delay in the credentialing process.
  • If the application is not complete within 50 days of the initial request for medical staff membership, a letter will be sent to the applicant outlining what is still missing from the application. If the missing documents are not provided within 30 days, the applicant will be considered as not wanting staff privileges. This letter will be carbon copied to the CEO of this facility as a status report on that individual. The Medical Staff Bylaws put the burden of proof on the applicant and often, it is necessary to have the applicant aid us in obtaining the required information.

4. Completed Application

  • Once the application is completely verified, the entire credentials packet is submitted to the Medical Executive Committee for review. The Medical Executive Committee is legally responsible for a thorough review of all credentials.
  • Clinical privilege delineation requests must be submitted with the application and should be appropriate to the type of care or services provided at this facility. A request for each specific privilege must be made and the clinical privilege delineation form must clearly identify each privilege granted.
  • The Medical Executive Committee determines the outcome of privilege requests beyond the scope of training, skill and/or expertise of the applicant. When uncertain, the Medical Executive Committee should request further documentation of adequate training or experience. The medical staff applicant is contacted right away regarding requests beyond the scope of services offered at the facility and the applicant ultimately should withdraw the request.
  • The Governing Body is ultimately accountable for persons given medical staff privileges. Once recommended by the Medical Executive Committee (MEC), the credentials file must have final approval from the Governing Body. Board approval is required for all medical staff applicants.

5. Reappointment and Appointment

  • After completing a 1-year Provisional staff appointment, re-appointment to the Medical Staff is handled biannually, or every two years. A reappointment application will be sent to medical staff members no later than 6 months prior to their reappointment date. The reappointment date will be based on the date that the physician became a member of your medical staff. Clinical delineation requests must be reviewed at the time of reappointment, and any changes in privilege must be documented. The application for reappointment is somewhat modified, omitting education information that does not change. Quality review and work performance information on all applicants for re-appointments are reviewed for the past two years during the reappointment process.
  • Medical Staff/Credentialing Services will process each applicant for appointment or reappointment through the National Data Bank and will act appropriately upon information received. Credentialing activity and legal matters as required by law will be reported from LMS Hospitals to Credentialing then to the Data Bank. Such transactions will be accomplished on forms specified by the Data Bank.
  • Peer Review is required on the local level at both appointment and reappointment. During the application process for appointment to the medical staff, before the applicant has practiced at this facility, 3 letters of reference from practitioners at other facilities may accomplish their peer review. At reappointment, a profile of in-house activities is reviewed, approved by medical staff members with authority to review such and at least one recommendation/reference must be provided, preferably from another member of this facility’s medical staff. A peer practicing at another facility may be the reference but must be at least a member of the same specialty.
  • Health status, lawsuit activity, medical malpractice insurance information, and the status of all appropriate licenses must also be furnished at reappointment. All other criteria described in the medical Staff Bylaws must be met as well. Administrators and Medical Staff Coordinators are to read and be thoroughly familiar with the provisions of the Medical Staff Bylaws.
  • The Medical Staff and the Governing Board may approve candidates for full privileges, modified privileges from those requested, or no privileges after a thorough review and study of the applicant’s credentials file either during the initial appointment process or at reappointment as deemed appropriate. Action may be taken between appointments if necessary by following the processes outlined in the medical staff Bylaws.
  • The Medical Staff Appointment Action sheet is to be signed by the President of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Executive Committee. A memo then needs to be done, naming the approved physicians and sent to the Corporate Office for Governing Board signatures (President of the Governing Board/CEO of LMS). The President of the Governing Board’s Signature must be on the Medical Staff Appointment action sheet.
  • After board approval, a letter of appointment is sent to the physician from the CEO. The letter of appointment is traditionally generated from the Administrator’s/CEO’s office. However, it may generate from the Acuity Corporate office as an alternative. If the MEC does not recommend privileges on an applicant, the applicant must be notified including his/her right to a fair hearing and the reason(s) for being denied.

6. Updates for Expired Medical Licenses, DEA, Malpractice Insurance, and Controlled Substance Licenses.

Please contact Jodi Rusinovich, Business Office Manager / Credentialing at (304) 919-4306 to request medical staff membership application.


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