Who: Michael Williams, 62
Retiring as: Founding CEO of Community Hospital Corp., an organization that owns, manages or consults with nearly 30 hospitals in the U.S., most of which are rural.
Background: Became CEO of the Plano, Texas-based organization soon after it formed in 1996 by leaders from 13 Texas not-for-profit community health systems. Throughout his 40-year career, Williams held executive leadership positions including executive VP and COO of Children's Medical Center in Dallas and VP of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
Future plans: Williams will continue to serve as an adviser to CHC for three years after a new CEO is named, which will likely be in June 2017. He will continue to serve as board vice chairman of Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.
Know the market: “Leadership and board members have to understand that running a small community hospital is not just mission-focused but a business. Combining the two ideals is the only opportunity for success in the future,” Williams said.
An essential role: “Small community hospitals, whether they are in a rural or in an urban setting, have a vital role to play in the future of healthcare,” Williams said, noting that in many communities those hospitals are the sole source of care.