10th Anniversary Special Series: Dr. Bill Hazel and Beth Bortz


This episode of Smarter Care Connections kicks off a special series leading up to the Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s 10th Anniversary celebration in May 2022. For those who are new to us, in January, VCHI officially marked 10 years of improving the value of healthcare in Virginia. This podcast series will feature many of our founding board members and partners who have played a part in our success. Dr. Steve Horan of Community Health Solutions, a longstanding VCHI friend and partner, will be facilitating these conversations.

First up, we have a look back at VCHI’s start with Dr. Bill Hazel and VCHI President and CEO, Beth Bortz.

Our Guests:

William A. Hazel, Jr., MD

Dr. Bill Hazel is currently the Senior Deputy Executive Director of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. Dr. Hazel served the Commonwealth for eight years as Secretary of Health and Human Resources. He was the founding board chair of VCHI. His past leadership roles also include service as the President of Medical Staff of INOVA Fairfax Hospital and as a past member of Inova’s Board of Trustees and Trustee of the American Medical Association. He has even served as Team Physician for the Washington Commanders and DC United. He holds an M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine and served his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Beth A. Bortz

Beth Bortz, is VCHI’s President and CEO. Prior to joining VCHI, she served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Foundation, where she developed and led programs in health care quality improvement, medication assistance, public health awareness, and physician leadership. Earlier in her career, she spent time at the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

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