Nicholas Wolter, chief executive officer of Deaconess Billings (Mont.) Clinic, was recognized as the 2004 Physician Executive of the Year by the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Wolter, a critical-care pulmonologist, has led the integrated health system since 1994. It includes a 272-bed hospital, a 200-physician group practice and a 40,000-member health plan, among other elements. "The best part is you have members of your team who might feel you're worthy of something like this," Wolter said of the award. "The success of any organization is the success of a team." Wolter is profiled in the October Modern Physician. Also at the MGMA meeting in San Francisco, Alan Gieseman, executive director of White-Wilson Medical Center, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., received the Medical Practice Executive of the Year Award. Gieseman spearheaded a one-year turnaround at the 47-physician multispecialty group to a $600,00 operating profit from a $1.8 million operating loss. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
Physician executives recognized at MGMA meeting
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