Walter Pidgeon will step down this week as executive director of the National Rural Health Association.
Mr. Pidgeon, 52, who leaves after two years, helped the NRHA wipe out a $217,000 deficit last year and launched a $1 million campaign an-nounced in May to provide innovative education programs through a not-for-profit foundation.
Mr. Pidgeon told NRHA board members he would leave the association effective Dec. 1 to pursue other opportunities in which he is interested. Mr. Pidgeon was on vacation last week and unavailable to MODERN HEALTHCARE for comment.
The foundation, which has raised $4,750 since it was started in May, is designed to promote partnering among NRHA's 1,500 members, which include nearly 400 hospitals and seven constituency groups (June 6, p. 18). Executives said the foundation hasn't had an overwhelming response because it's just getting off the ground.
Mr. Pidgeon's credentials included 20 years of association management. His primary experience is in providing business and not-for-profit groups with fund-raising and development services.
During Mr. Pidgeon's tenure, the NRHA established its headquarters in Washington and expanded association membership to encourage businesses. The association's national service center remains in Kansas City, Mo.
The selection of a new executive director will be discussed at the NRHA's annual meeting in Washington in January 1995. Meanwhile, Donna Williams, deputy executive director and a 10-year veteran of the NRHA, will handle the executive responsibilities.