J. Crouch was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of
Health and Human Resources (DHHR) in January 2017 by Governor Jim Justice.
Prior to being named Secretary of DHHR, Bill had retired from
the health care consulting company that bears his name, Bill J. Crouch and
Associates, Inc. Bill served as President of that company for thirty years,
where he provided health care management and consulting services to hospitals,
long term care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, physicians, and others.
During part of that time, he was also a partner in a long term care company
that owned nursing facilities and assisted living communities in West Virginia.
Public service, however, is not new to Bill. He started his
government service in 1978, when he joined the West Virginia Department of
Health, now the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. He
quickly moved his way up in the Department from the Division of Maternal and
Child Health to the Office of Community Health Services, where he became the
In 1983, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill creating
the West Virginia Health Care Authority with the intent of regulating acute
care hospital's rates, operating the Certificate of Need program for the state
and writing the State Health Plan for West Virginia. Shortly after passage of
that legislation, Bill was asked to be the first Executive Director of that
agency where he stayed through 1986.
Bill is a past associate member of the West Virginia Hospital
Association, past member of the board of directors of the West Virginia Health
Care Association, and past member of the board of directors of the West
Virginia Assisted Living Association/Assisted Living Federation of America
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mars Hill College and
a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Tennessee.
He and his wife,
Debbie, are the parents of two daughters and have two grandsons.