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A former health services CEO has been recognized by West Virginia's Center for Rural Health Development.

Joe Tuttle, who retired last year from his position with the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association, was awarded the 2013 Rural Health Leadership Award over the weekend at the annual West Virginia Governance Forum. Tuttle has more than 40 years' experience in the health care industry, and he is passionate about establishing health care centers in rural areas where access to care is limited or non-existent.

"This award is not given every year, but is reserved for those who truly demonstrate leadership and make a lasting impact on the health care provided throughout rural West Virginia," said Jim Thomas, chairman of the board of directors of the Center for Rural Health Development. "Joe Tuttle represents what this award is about."

Tuttle's work began in 1972, when he joined a group of concerned residents from western Monongalia County who were worried about the lack of health care services in the area. From those efforts came the Clay-Battelle Health Services Association, a private, non-profit corporation that works to provide quality, comprehensive family medical and dental care without regard to ability to pay. Tuttle was chosen as the new organization's executive director in 1973, a position he held until his retirement last year.

More than 50 people attended the Governance Forum, including board members, board chairs, medical staff leaders, chief executive officers and other leaders representing hospitals, community health centers, free clinics, local health departments and other nonprofit organizations.