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Associate Administrator,
CAMC Physicians Group
Charleston, 31

Whether it's on the job or volunteering with young people, Chris Rawlings says it's all part of helping the city and state he grew up in.

"I'm one of the kids that went away," Rawlings said. "I went to the University of South Carolina. In 2010, I moved back here. There's always the comment about young people leaving West Virginia. My goal was to combat that."

In South Carolina, Rawlings worked for an accounting and consulting firm. When he came back home, he took a position at what was then Arnett & Foster, which has a large health care footprint in the region. His work there provided a good transition to working directly for a health care provider.

CAMC Physicians Group has 494 employees total, including 119 physicians and 35 other providers in 16 specialties.

"Our goal at the end of the day is to provide the best patient-centered care to West Virginians as well as the residents of surrounding states, Kanawha and surrounding counties," Rawlings said. "There are changes in the health care industry beyond comprehension right now" with the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion and a number of other federal and state programs that affect how providers are reimbursed, Rawlings said. 

Part of his job is learning as much as he can about new laws and regulations and applying best practices to physician groups so they can make necessary changes.

"Accounting rules and regulations change frequently as well," said Rawlings, a CPA. "Continual rule changes in the accounting and auditing industry transition well to today's dynamic health care industry."

In the community, Rawlings is on the boards of The Counseling Connection and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

"Outside of work is time to give back to the community I grew up in, giving focus to the next generation and trying to address socioeconomic conditions that can break the cycle of poverty and underemployment, and improve our education and competitiveness," he said.

Rawlings lives in Charleston with his two sons: Thomas, 6, and William, 3.