BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – In a heartfelt tribute to the enduring legacy of outgoing CEO Rick Simon, Community Care of West Virginia (CCWV) recently dedicated its Main Street office building in Buckhannon in honor of his remarkable 30-year journey in healthcare. The unveiling of a commemorative plaque, attended by community members, Chamber of Commerce representatives, and CCWV staff, served as a poignant reminder of Simon’s unwavering dedication to the organization.
Since his arrival in 1993, when CCWV served around 7,500 patients, Simon’s visionary leadership has transformed the organization into a healthcare beacon, now extending to 55,000 patients through clinics and school-based health centers across seven counties within the state. This growth mirrors not only Simon’s tireless commitment but also his exceptional ability to foster an environment of excellence, compassion, and community spirit.
Reflecting on his remarkable journey, Simon humbly stated, “It’s easy to do good things when you’re around good people. I’ve had the blessing over the years of having a wonderful Board, but even a greater blessing of having a wonderful group of employees and a tremendous management team.”
Earlier this week, Simon received the Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia Primary Care Association, underscoring the profound impact he has had on the state’s healthcare landscape. His commitment and vision have not only expanded access to care but have also elevated the quality of healthcare services for West Virginians.
As the baton is passed to incoming CEO Trish Collett, the organization’s future is brimming with optimism. Collett, who has had the privilege of working alongside Rick Simon for 20 years, commented, “He’s been a great mentor as I’ve grown in my career. I’m very excited and honored that the future of this organization has been entrusted to me, and I look forward to continuing the good work we do at Community Care.” Under Collett’s leadership, CCWV is poised to build upon its legacy of compassionate care, shaping a brighter healthcare future for the communities it serves.