WHEELING - Wheeling Hospital's Board of Directors recently approved a management contract extension for R&V Associates through December 2015.
Board members voted unanimously to retain R&V. The vote came after the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, cited R&V's successful turnaround of the hospital.
R&V, of Pittsburgh, is a management consulting firm co-founded by Ronald L. Violi and Vincent L. DeLuzio. R&V came to Wheeling in January 2006 to restructure the hospital, which had suffered seven straight years of financial losses totaling nearly $60 million.
Violi serves as Wheeling Hospital's chief executive officer and DeLuzio, an attorney, is active in the hospital's legal and regulatory matters.
The board's action was the sixth time R&V's contract was extended. The firm's tenure was set to expire at the end of this year.
In just six months after R&V joined the hospital, it became profitable and has been to date. Violi was instrumental in attracting specialists to the hospital that the local area did not have or were in short supply, as well as expanding existing services.
Violi also helped fulfill the dream of Dr. Judy Romano to create a Center for Pediatrics, where she currently serves as director. The center includes seven pediatricians, a pediatric endocrinologist and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center on Warden's Run Road in Wheeling, which provides physical, speech-language and occupational therapy.