10th Anniversary Special Series: Nancy Agee and Deborah Oswalt


This episode of Smarter Care Connections is the second in a special series to recognize VCHI’s 10th Anniversary. Our guests this week are Nancy Agee and Debbie Oswalt, two founding board members of VCHI.

Our Guests:

Nancy Howell Agee

Nancy Howell Agee is president/CEO of Carilion Clinic, a $2 billion not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system headquartered in Roanoke, Va. Prior to her current role, Ms. Agee served as executive vice president/COO. During her tenure as COO, she co-led Carilion’s transformation from a collection of hospitals to a fully integrated, patient-centered, physician-led organization. Ms. Agee is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare and immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association. She was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare for the past three years and one of the “Top 25 Women Leaders” by the same national magazine. Ms. Agee is a former member of The Board of Commissioners for the Joint Commission and past chair of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. Ms. Agee was named Virginia Business Person of the year in 2017 and has been on the list of most influential persons in Virginia for eight years.

Deborah D. Oswalt:

Debbie Oswalt is the founding Director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), where she has served for 30 years. Created as a public-private partnership by the Virginia General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care, VHCF’s mission is to increase access to primary and preventive health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. Under Ms. Oswalt’s leadership, VHCF has developed a wide range of innovative initiatives. VHCF has helped more than 800,000 Virginians obtain needed healthcare. Prior to joining VHCF, Debbie honed her healthcare advocacy skills first at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, where she worked as a staff attorney for four years. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Cabinets of Governors Baliles and Wilder.