WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding recently presented David Willingham of Rusk County Memorial Hospital with the WHA Trustee of the Year Award. This annual award honors WHA member organization trustees who have made an exemplary commitment to their hospital and the community they serve. Willingham was nominated by Rusk County Memorial Hospital CEO Jeff Euclide.
“Dave is a dedicated, knowledgeable advocate and community leader and a tremendous partner with WHA,” said Borgerding. “Wisconsin is known for its high-quality, high-value health care, and Dave’s leadership helps ensure the citizens of Rusk County have access to quality care in their community.”
Willingham has been on Rusk County Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees since 2016, but attended the Board's annual strategic planning sessions even before he became a Trustee. He is an active member of the hospital’s quality improvement team and often shares those initiatives and results with the Board. Willingham comes prepared to each Board meeting and is the go-to person to ensure the Board follows the bylaws and Roberts Rules of Order.
In his nomination, Euclide wrote, “Dave takes his role as a Trustee very seriously as he guides our long-term goals, strategic plan, and our objectives. He is very knowledgeable about our quality and safety programs, as well as our results and action plans in place for continuous improvements.”
Most recently, Willingham was elected by his peers to be the Chair of the Rusk County Board of Supervisors, which he has been a member of since 1986. He also serves on other non-profit boards in his community and is involved in helping the hospital complete its Community Health Needs Assessment and resulting plan of action.
“He always puts the patients and their families first,” wrote Euclide.