Michele Schoonover, VGH CEO Announces Retirement After 44 Years of Dedicated Service

Virginia Gay Hospital CEO, Michele Schoonover, Announces Retirement After 44 Years of Dedicated Service
After an illustrious 44-year career dedicated to healthcare excellence, Michele Schoonover, CEO of Virginia Gay Hospital, has announced her retirement. Schoonover, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, and a resident of Vinton since 1979, leaves behind a legacy of exceptional leadership, community advocacy, and unwavering commitment to patient care.
Michele Schoonover’s journey in healthcare began at St. Luke’s Hospital, where she honed her skills for five years before joining Virginia Gay Hospital in 1980 as a radiology technician. Over the years, she exhibited an unparalleled dedication to professional development, earning her BA in Business Administration and later her MBA in Business Administration in 1998.
Her career trajectory within Virginia Gay Hospital exemplifies her commitment to growth and excellence. After obtaining her BA degree, Schoonover transitioned into  administration and the purchasing department, quickly ascending to the role of Director of General Services. For the past five years, she has served as the esteemed CEO of Virginia Gay Hospital, guiding the institution with wisdom, vision, and compassion.
Beyond her remarkable professional achievements, Schoonover’s impact extends into the community through her extensive volunteer work. For over 31 years, she has been an active member of the Vinton Kiwanis Club, embodying the spirit of service and community engagement. Additionally, she has served as a past VU Board member and is a current member of the Dementia Friendly Vinton Action Team, advocating for the needs of vulnerable populations.
Michele Schoonover’s retirement signifies the end of an era at Virginia Gay Hospital. Her leadership, dedication, and passion for healthcare have left an indelible mark on the institution and the community it serves. As she embarks on this new chapter, Schoonover looks forward to spending more time with her beloved family and friends, indulging in her passions for gardening, traveling, and golfing.
The staff and community of Virginia Gay Hospital extend their heartfelt gratitude to Michele Schoonover for her unwavering commitment, exemplary leadership, and tireless advocacy. Her legacy will continue to inspire and guide us as we strive to uphold the highest standards of patient care and community service.

Open House Invitation: Celebrating the Retirement of Michele Schoonover
You’re invited to join us for a special Open House as we celebrate the remarkable career and retirement of Michele Schoonover, CEO of Virginia Gay Hospital. After 44 years of dedicated service to healthcare excellence, Michele is embarking on a new chapter of her life, and we want to honor her contributions, leadership, and lasting impact on our community.
Date: June 7th
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: VGH Clinic Conference Room
Please join us for an afternoon of reminiscing, well-wishes, and celebration as we express our gratitude to Michele for her unwavering dedication to Virginia Gay Hospital and the community of Vinton.