It started with a part-time job while in college.
Virginia Health Services CFO Nikki Boldy worked in billing while pursuing a degree in business administration with an accounting concentration at Christopher Newport University.
The Newport News native, a graduate of Menchville High School, has lived on the Peninsula her whole life.
This year, Boldy celebrates her 25th year with Virginia Health Services.
Throughout her tenure, she has seen and been a part of the company’s growth and success.
She’s been through two technology overhauls in shifts from paper time cards to electronic ones, and the conversion to electronic medical records. She was with VHS for the acquisitions of two convalescent centers, the start up of five companies and two major changes to Medicare reimbursement.
Through it all, her reason for staying in one spot has been consistent: “The people. I work with a wonderful team.”
Several faces in the finance department have stayed the same, while it has grown to include new ones.
“If you look at the longevity of the accounting department, it speaks volumes about our team,” Boldy said.
She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in July 2020, previously serving as the Controller.
Boldy was honored for her 25 years of service at an awards ceremony May 13, 2021, during celebrations throughout the company for National Skilled Nursing Care Week.
VHS uses the week as an opportunity to celebrate its team members with service awards and other recognitions, food and fun activities.
Eight were honored during a ceremony at the corporate offices in Newport News for having five or more years of service, including Joyce Stevens, a housekeeper who has been with the company for 25 years.
Longevity in the company can be attributed to opportunities to be promoted from within, Boldy said.
She served as a biller, billing supervisor and accounting supervisor for VHS before promotions to Controller and CFO.
“I have been fortunate to be able to progress with one company,” she said. “VHS has always treated me well. I have worked my way up, and been rewarded along the way for doing good work.”
She added, “VHS wants to be able to help employees better themselves and move up, if that is what they wish to do. You see it in the longevity of members of the team.”
Boldy said she got advice along the way to help open more doors for her, including from a professor at CNU who encouraged her to add a concentration in accounting – even though she knew she didn’t want to be a public accountant – and from a former manager at VHS, who encouraged her to get a CPA license.
“I’m glad she did,” Boldy said. “I don’t know that I would have taken it upon myself to do it.”
Outside of work, she said her happy place is outdoors in the sun, preferably on a beach with a book.
VHS thanks its dedicated employees. It honored about 65 employees across its business units this week for their service of 10 or more years.
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