[LEWISBURG, W. VA.] Vanessa Bailey, RN, an instructor of medical assisting at New River Community and Technical College, has been appointed to the board of the West Virginia Rural Health Association, an organization that advocates for empowering all West Virginians to advance their quality of life, well-being and access to excellence in rural health care. Bailey will serve on the Education Committee.
The WVRHA is a non-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization. WVRHA's membership includes a variety of people and organizations that are interested in the health of rural West Virginians throughout the state. The WVRHA membership works together to identify the health care concerns of rural West Virginians and to find ways to improve services in our communities.
Bailey coordinates the Medical Assisting program at New River's Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg, W. Va. and also has taught in the New River School of Practical Nursing. She is looking forward to her service on the WVRHA board as an opportunity to promote these and other New River allied health programs, including Phlebotomy, EMT/Paramedic, Health Information Technology, Medical Billing and Coding and Medical Transcription.
Bailey had many years of nursing experience at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center before joining the New River faculty in 2008. A graduate of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, she holds a bachelor's degree in nursing. In addition to her involvement with WVRHA, she also serves on the steering committee for the Greenbrier County Women on Wellness Retreat, a day-long activity sponsored by the WVU Center for Excellence in Women's Health to promote healthy lifestyle changes for women.