With heavy hearts — yet hearts filled with love, appreciation, and wonderful memories — the OVP HEALTH Family today is mourning the loss of its elder statesman, patriarch, and co-founder, Stephen C. Shy, DO. Dr. Shy died today at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV, at the age of 69.

In 1999, Dr. Shy and Robert A. Hess, MD, founded Ohio Valley Physicians, to provide physician staffing and management services for a small, struggling hospital in Ironton, Ohio. Today, their company, now called OVP HEALTH, employs more than 300 people, providing a wide range of high-quality emergency department and hospitalist services, primary care, and addiction treatment and recovery services, across five states.

“I was privileged to not only call him doctor, but a true friend, who treated me as family,” said Paul E. Cowsar, DNP, OVP HEALTH chief operations officer. “His passion was his family, his faith, his profession and every person who worked for OVP HEALTH. While he will forever be missed, his legacy will always live on through his family, his colleagues, the patients he treated, and the company he co-founded.”

“Family is paramount in our company, and all of our employees know that,” Dr. Shy said during an interview in 2017. “If your baby is sick, stay home. We’ll work it out. If you need help with something, we’ll do whatever we can to help you. We’ve been blessed with great employees and great relationships over the years, and I think that’s because we’ve always put family at the forefront of what we do.”

Dr. Shy is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy; his son, Stephen C. Shy, II, DO (Cindy), medical director of the emergency department at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, OH; his daughter, Stephanie McCloud (Larry), OVP HEALTH’s director of operations; his son, Stacey Shy (Jody), OVP HEALTH’s chief executive officer; his brother, D. Grant Shy, DO (Tracy), an anesthesiologist; his brother, Joe Allen Shy, DO (Sarah), a retired family practitioner; his sister, Vickie Smith (David), a retired teacher and vice principal; and a large number of adoring grandchildren.

Thank you, Dr. Shy, for your vision, your wisdom, your kindness, and, above all, your loving reminders of the importance of family.

-The OVP HEALTH Family

November 15, 2020