BARBOUR COUNTY, WV (May 5, 2021) — Eric Ruf, CEO of Barbour Community Health Association has been appointed as President of the West Virginia Primary Care Association, a private, non-profit membership association that represents safety-net health care providers. He is succeeding John Schultz, CEO of New River Health Association.
When asked about his new role, Ruf said, “I’m very honored to be serving in this role for the next 2 years. Community health centers serve 1 in 4 West Virginians across the state and provide a full range of health services to all ages from all walks of life. Working closely with my peers, we wish to continue growing and spreading the message that everyone deserves quality health care in our home communities so that our friends and families can live long productive lives.”
Prior to his current employment at Barbour Community Health Association, Ruf worked at Alderson-Broaddus College, where he served as director of admissions and director of alumni relations for fourteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Alderson-Broaddus College and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership studies from West Virginia University.
Professionally, he is a member of the following organizations: National Assembly on School-Based Health, National Association of Community Health Centers, Barbour Healthy Communities Collaborative, North Central WV Community Health Collaborative, and serves on the board of directors of the West Virginia Primary Care Association.
Locally, Ruf is involved in many community organizations. He is a member of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and serves as secretary/treasurer of the Mountain Living Community Board and recently joined the Board of Directors for the Tygart Valley United Way. He is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he serves as choir director and the Philip Barbour High School band boosters. He is a member of the Belington Masonic Lodge AF & AM #125, Philippi Chapter # 41 Order of the Eastern Star, and the Sons of the American Revolution.
In his spare time, Ruf enjoys singing and performing locally with his family. He and his wife, Jana, reside in Belington and have one daughter, Anna, who attends Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WVa.
About the Barbour Community Health Association
Belington and Myers Clinics are federally qualified health centers that provide medical and behavioral health care and wellness programs to patients with insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid and for those without health insurance through the clinic’s Health Access program.
The organization also operates Belington Wellness Center, Brandon Wellness Center, Philippi Wellness Center and AB Wellness Center. Belington Wellness Center is located adjacent to Belington Medical Clinic and offers a wide variety of exercise equipment, exercise programs and a swimming pool. Brandon Wellness Center is a school-based health center that offers a variety of nursing, preventive and acute care medical and behavioral health services to the students and staff at Philip Barbour High School. Brandon School-based Health Services are offered to all Barbour County School students and families. AB Wellness Center offers acute and chronic medical services to all currently enrolled Alderson Broaddus University students and staff. The Philippi Wellness Center is located in the back of Barbour Chiropractic Center at 206 N. Main Street and has services designed to improve physical condition and health through exercise equipment and periodic workshops and seminars.