A.D. “Pete” Correll's relationship with Grady Health System in Atlanta began after a tour of the emergency department in early 2007.
Laddie Williams likes to tell the story about how a good friend and former business partner used to be “real negative” about Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Fla. But after Williams' friend suffered a stroke in 2009 and was whisked by ambulance to the hospital, his attitude changed.
As a Baptist minister, counselor and retired co-owner of a pump distribution company, Larry Walker, 71, has relied on both his religious faith and business acumen to guide his decisions as a hospital trustee.
When Harold “Hal” Hawk became president of Crown Battery Manufacturing in Fremont, Ohio, in 1999, he quickly decided that working within the healthcare system was the best way to combat rising costs.
This year, 80 nominations were received for the Trustee of the Year awards program, co-sponsored by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. Nominations were accepted from Oct. 5 through Dec. 7, 2009. That total is up from 64 in last year's competition. Two winners were chosen, one in each category, large and small healthcare organizations—as well as honorable mentions in each category.
Even as healthcare reform dominated the news nationally during the past year, hospitals and health systems continued to carry out an enduring local mission, providing high-quality, compassionate care, improving the lives of people in their communities.