President & Chief Executive Officer
Chad Melton joined Fauquier Health in February 2017 and is responsible for day to day operations for the health system’s 97 bed acute care facility, 113 bed nursing home, and 68 bed assisting living facility. He received a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas and a master’s degree in health care administration from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas in 2005.
He is a past Board member of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, and executive sponsor for the American Heart Association, CycleNation campaign. Prior to joining the health system, he was the CEO for Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville, Virginia and has served as the CEO for Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley, Texas. He has also served as Director of Operations and Division Director of Operations for LHP Hospital Group, Inc., in Plano, Texas. Other roles include, Associate Administrator at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton Texas and Associate Administrator at Northwest Medical Center in Oro Valley, Oro Valley, Arizona.
Top achievements over the past 15 years include, LifePoint Chief Executive Officer of the Year in 2016; Wythe County Community Hospital, Hospital of The Year in 2016; 201 Magazines, 19 People to Watch in Healthcare in 2014; NJBIA Good Neighbor Hospital Award in 2014; NJBIZ Hospital of the Year Finalist in 2014; NJBIZ 40 under 40 Award Winner in 2013.
He and his wife, Julie, live in Warrenton and have a son, Walker. His interests include bicycle racing, reading and spending time with his family.
Christine Hart Kress
Chief Nursing Officer
Christine joined Fauquier Health in 2020 and is responsible for the oversight of all nursing operations. She has more than 26 years of military healthcare experience, serving in a variety of nursing and executive leadership roles in both acute care hospitals and ambulatory care clinics in the Air Force Medical Service.
She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, triple board-certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, an Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and as a Nurse Executive Advanced Administrator.
She joins Fauquier Health from the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia, where she provided strategic direction, policy, and oversight for education and training initiatives across the Military Health System in support of 9.5 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families. At the Defense Health Agency, as the Deputy, Christine provided education and training for the military health system. She led 584 personnel and over 1,000 instructors across two training institutes focused on initial skills qualifications for 49 nursing and ancillary programs. She has led professional development and executive leadership programs for nearly 10,000 healthcare leaders with more than 270,000 online students.
Christine hails from upstate New York and is married to Andrew Kress. They have two children, Aidan and Kaitlin.
Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Sale joined Fauquier Health on September 14, 2020 and is in charge of the Health System operations. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah and his bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Charter Oak State College in New Britain, Connecticut.
Professional and civic memberships include Gideons International, American College of Healthcare Executives, and American Healthcare of Radiology Administrators. Kevin obtained certification as a Medical Radiologic Technologist and is listed on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Prior to joining the health system, he was the Corporate Director of Medical Imaging for Valley Health System in Winchester, VA. Kevin also held various operational roles within LifePoint Health and HCA Healthcare. In these positions, Kevin coordinated operations and maintained a strong focus on improving specialty physician practices.
Kevin and his wife, Shannon, live in Winchester, VA with their daughter, Ella. Kevin’s personal interests outside of work include home improvement projects, mountain biking, water sports, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Interim-Chief Financial Officer
Ron Patrick joined Fauquier Health June 22, 2020 and is in charge of the Health System finances. He received his master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida.
Professional and civic affiliations include past member of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Hospital Financial Management Association, past board member of the Satori School and past chairman of the Supervisory Committee for West Florida Medical Federal Credit Union.
Prior to joining the health system, he was the CFO for Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, CA. He also served as the CFO for Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System in Panama City, FL and at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. Other positions held include working at Doctor’s Hospital of Mobile in Mobile, AL as the CFO/Controller, Knollwood Park Hospital and Center for Specialized Medicine in Mobile, AL as the Assistant Controller and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, FL as the Chief Accountant and Internal Auditor.
Top achievements include Chief Financial Officer of the Year at Healthtrust, Inc. for the Southern Region, fiscal year ending August 1992 and Chief Financial Officer Leadership Award for the Community Health Systems, Division 4, fiscal year ending December 2010.
Ron and his wife, Mindy, live in Tucson, Arizona with their dog and have six children. Ron loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking. He also likes home remodeling projects.