GCH Board announces Gessler as CAO beginning November 1


GRAFTON—Grafton City Hospital will soon be under new leadership, after the retirement announcement of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) George Boyles.

The Grafton City Hospital Board was quick to find a replacement for the position, looking within its current staff, and has announced that Kevin Gessler, Jr. will serve as the new Chief Administrative Officer, effective November 1.

“I wish to personally thank George Boyles for his tenure at Grafton City Hospital. He has been the epitome of a hospital administrator. We wish him the best in his retirement,” said John E. Whitescarver, Board President of Grafton City Hospital. “However, he is being replaced by a very able administrator who will guide the hospital in the future. Kevin Gessler has our absolute backing in his new position.”

Gessler, a West Virginia native hailing from the northern panhandle, shared that he is excited to step into his new role, where he will focus on keeping the positive momentum going that the hospital has seen under the direction of Boyles.

“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to work with the remarkable team at Grafton City Hospital,” Gessler said. “I am excited to continue the great partnership we have built and further solidify and expand the excellent care our teams are known for in the Grafton community.”

He said in the role of CAO, he intends to work closely with the community to assess the needs present locally, working to ensure those necessities are met.

“I look forward to getting more involved with the community to make sure that they are be provided with the medical services they need the most,” Gessler voiced. “The connection and relationship between the hospital and community will be one of my main focuses, to help ensure a brighter future for all involved.”

Gessler holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Master of Professional Accountancy Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation, all attained from West Virginia University. 

Gessler is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Health Financial Professional, all strongpoints in his role at the hospital.

“Kevin and I are both financial guys, so we see things in a similar light,” commented Boyles. “The board made a great decision in naming him as my predecessor. We have worked together for the past two years and have seen much improvement at Grafton City Hospital. I know that he will keep up the positive momentum that we have seen here.”

Gessler will remain in his role as the hospital’s financial leader, a position he began in October 2019, until he takes over as CAO on November 1.

Initially joined Mon Health in 2015 as the Vice President of Financial Services, Gessler has assumed increasing responsibility across the Mon Health System since that time, taking on the responsibilities of Vice-President of Financial Services for both Grafton City Hospital and Preston Memorial Hospital.

He is a member of the financial leadership team for Mon Health, as well as facilitates the organization’s efforts towards strategic integration. 

“We are thrilled that Kevin has assumed the Chief Administrative Officer role at Grafton City Hospital,” expressed David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System. “We know that Kevin will continue to advance our mission of enhancing the health of the communities we serve, like Grafton, one person at a time.”     

Prior to joining the administrative team, Gessler worked at a public accounting firm with offices in both Morgantown and Charleston, serving hospitals and clients throughout the United States.

He also served as a finance manager at an international, private-equity-owned, manufacturing company and was responsible for financial reporting, forecasting and profitability metrics.

And with an extensive background in finance, he hopes to help see Grafton City Hospital excel into the future.

To learn more about Grafton City Hospital, an affiliate of Mon Health, visit www.GraftonHospital.com.

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