Pat Kelly

September 9, 2021After a national search,the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) board of directors selected Patrick ‘Pat’ Kelly,  as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association. Kelly succeeds Bill M. Welch who will continue as a consultant through December 31, 2021, when he retires.

Kelly comes to the NHA from the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Shared Services. Prior to his time with the WVHA, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Legal Counsel for the West Virginia Health Care Association, Inc., the association serving long-term care providers.

“The NHA board of directors is pleased to introduce a leader of Pat’s caliber into our community to guide the Association,” Mason Van Houweling, NHA Board Chair and CEO of University Medical Center, said. “Pat possesses the qualifications and expertise to grow the Nevada Hospital Association into an even greater, more successful, organization and to create a lasting impact on addressing health care issues in our state.”

Kelly’s previous experience includes working at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC serving for 10 years as the managing member of the firm’s Charleston, W. Va. office and serving nine years on the firm’s Executive Committee. He also served as general counsel for Governor Underwood in West Virginia.

Kelly holds a juris doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University. He is an accomplished author and speaker with a passion for the delivery of quality health care. Pat and his wife Donna have two adult children.