Damond Boatwright, regional president/CEO, hospital operations, SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin, has been selected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Nominating Committee to serve as WHA chair-elect in 2018 and chair in 2019. A member of the WHA Board since 2015, Boatwright currently serves on the WHA Board Subcommittee on Health Care Reform.
Prior to joining SSM, Boatwright was president/CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Medical Center. A 350-bed acute-care hospital and one of the busiest in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, Boatwright helped shape patient-centered care delivery there from October 2011 to February 2014. He started his health care career with the Medical University of South Carolina in 1995 and has served in various capacities, including associate administrator I/II and chief operating officer in several hospitals throughout the southeast.
Boatwright is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel with a degree in business administration and was also a scholarship football player at the military college in Charleston. Afterward, Boatwright earned his master’s degree in health administration and health sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston and went on to complete a health services management fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.
Robert Van Meeteren, president, Reedsburg Area Medical Center (RAMC) will chair the Wisconsin Hospital Association in 2018. A member of the WHA Board since 2014, Van Meeteren has chaired WHA’s Council on Rural Health and is a member of the WHA Network Adequacy Council, and he served on the WHA DHS 124 Task Force and the WHA Bylaws workgroup.
Prior to joining RAMC, Van Meeteren spent four years as CEO of Sleepy Eye Medical Center in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and four years as clinic administrator at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
A member of the Boards for the Wisconsin Health & Education Facilities Authority, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and Home Health United, he is also a member of the Reedsburg Community Advisory Committee for Madison College.
Van Meeteren received his Bachelor of Science in health administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. An accomplished pilot, his aviation endorsements include: commercial pilot, instrument rating, and flight instructor rating.