Fall 2019 Issue
Dr. S. Hughes Melton was a leader, teacher and healer appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to lead DBHDS and transform Virginia's system for people with behavioral health and developmental disability.
Previously, Dr. Melton served as the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Public Health and Preparedness at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
Prior to his role at VDH, Dr. Melton served from 2014-2016 as the VP, Medical Education for NE and NW Markets of Mountain States, a not-for-profit, 13-hospital health system serving Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. He started two residency programs and enhanced other medical education programs to address the work force shortage issues and increase the capability of the medical community to meet the needs of the region in the area of population health. In 2015 Dr. Melton’s team won the President’s Quality Award, the highest quality award granted at MSHA, and he received the Servant’s Heart Award, the highest patient service award granted at Mountain States. From 2012-2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia facilities of Mountain States Health.
In addition to his board certification in family medicine, Dr. Melton became board certified in Addiction Medicine in 2012, the same year he started HighPower, PC, a patient centered addiction treatment clinic in Russell County, Virginia. HighPower has been recognized at the state level for its innovative approach to addiction treatment. Dr. Melton co-founded C-Health, P.C. in Lebanon, Virginia in 2000. C-Health still provides full-spectrum family medicine services to over 18,000 people in rural southwest Virginia.
The American Academy of Family Physicians selected Dr. Melton to be the 2011 Family Physician of the Year for C-Health’s innovative work in the primary care treatment of addiction and chronic pain, and for his leadership in recruiting healthcare professionals to what was once considered a medically underserved county. The University of Virginia was his academic home where he earned his medical degree and completed his family medicine residency in 1996. In 2012 he returned to earn his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Dr. Melton is survived by his wife Dr. Sarah Melton of Bristol, Virginia; daughters Maggie and Claire of Bristol, Virginia; father Howard Melton (Diane) of Arlington, Virginia; brother John Melton (Leigh) of Farmville, Virginia; brother Benjamin Melton (Lisa) of Richmond, Virginia; father- and mother-in-law Samuel and Margaret Tollison of Riner, VA; sister-in law Julie McMichael of Riner, VA; and sister-in-law Katie Reynolds (Peter) of Dayton, Ohio. He had numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews that he loved with all of his heart.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the UVA Cancer Center, Betty Hughes Melton Memorial Fund. Donations can be mailed to UVA Health Foundation, PO Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4807, or made online at www.giving.uvahealth.com.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
October 4-5, 2019
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