Nominated by health care leaders, SSM Health’s Regional President of Operations Damond Boatwright was awarded this week a WHA 2020 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes senior executives who have made an exemplary commitment to both WHA and the communities they serve.
Boatwright joined SSM Health in Wisconsin as Regional President of Hospital Operations in February of 2014. In this role, Damond is responsible for overseeing all hospital operations within SSM Health’s integrated care delivery network in the Wisconsin Region.
Nominations supporting Boatwright all cited his exceptional leadership:
“Damond has been a proven leader in overseeing the operations and financial stability of initially our Wisconsin hospitals, and currently all of SSM Health’s hospitals, medical groups and affiliate partnerships throughout the Wisconsin region.” – Les McPhearson, President, Dean Health Plan – A Member of SSM Health
“I have worked with Damond since 2016 and have found him to be an exceptional leader who all at once is dedicated to improving our health care system, serves as an inspiring role model for young professionals and promotes humanity at work with each of his interactions.” – Margo Francisco, System Vice President, Strategy, SSM Health Wisconsin
“I have had the opportunity to witness his leadership and service to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. He is a skilled facilitator, orator, and leader whether he is on stage at Monona Terrace during WHA Advocacy Days or chairing a board meeting. Damond is accountable, charitable and leads personally and through advocacy and fundraising to support the Wisconsin Hospital Association Foundation and Advocacy efforts.” – Mark J. Thompson, MD, President, SSM Health Wisconsin Medical Groups; WHA Board Member.
Boatwright has been a member of the WHA Board of Directors since 2015 and was chair in 2019. He is also the current chair of WHA’s Advocacy Committee. He serves on the WHA Board Subcommittee on Health Care Reform, WHA Nominating and Awards Committee, and WHA Budget Committee.
WHA congratulates Boatwright for his dedication to improving Wisconsin’s health care and truly values his involvement in WHA. WHA will make a $250 donation to the charity of his choice as a recipient of the 2020 WHA Distinguished Service Award.
- 2019 WHA Distinguished Service Award - Peggy Troy, Children's Wisconsin
- 2019 WHA Distinguished Service Award - Therese Pandl, HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin
- 2018 WHA Distinguished Service Award - George Kerwin, President and CEO of Bellin Health System
- 2017 WHA Distinguished Service Award - David Breitbach, CFO, Crossing Rivers Health
- 2016 WHA Distinguished Service Award - Peggy Ose, RN, MSN, COO, Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics, Inc .