Nicholas Wolter, M.D., 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.
The award was presented last week at the MGMA's annual meeting in San Francisco.
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. "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, and that includes a couple of hundred physicians who are part of this."
Wolter was cited for "outstanding leadership to achieve exceptional medical group performance ... through personal example and collaborative team management."
For a profile of Wolter, see the October issue of Modern Physician magazine.
Also at the meeting, 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 generate a $600,000 operating profit from a $1.8 million operating loss.