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Community Hospital Corporation Announces Retirement of President and CEO Mike Williams


PLANO, TX (July 5, 2016)Michael D. Williams, FACHE, President and CEO of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), has announced his retirement from the organization he has led for 20 years. He is the founding CEO of CHC. Williams will continue to serve in that capacity until a new CEO is in place, anticipated by the end of June 2017. The CHC Board of Directors’ search subcommittee has engaged Witt/Kieffer to assist with the national search process.


“Mike created a solid foundation for CHC and we will continue along the path he has set forth in growing the organization and fulfilling its mission to ‘guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers’ across the country,” said Ken Gordon, CHC Board Chair. “Mike is passionate about everything he does. Along with the entire Board of Directors, it has been a pleasure to work with him. Through his collegial nature, he is an inspiration, mentor and friend to many.”


In Dallas, Williams serves as a member and current vice chair of the Parkland Health & Hospital System’s board of managers. Parkland is one of the largest and busiest public hospitals in the nation with more than one million patient visits each year.


Williams’ contributions span the globe and he has distinguished himself as a true servant leader – from touching lives through foreign mission work in Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Paraguay and Peru, and participating on the Board of Directors of the BFC Medical Ministries-Kitale, Kenya, to fostering CHC corporate and employee giving of time and money for families helped through The Salvation Army, CHC’s charity of choice.


Professionally, William’s nearly 40-year career includes executive leadership positions as President of Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas; and Vice President for Baylor University Medical Center-Dallas. Williams became CHC’s founding CEO soon after the organization was formed in 1996, through an aligned vision of 13 Texas not-for-profit and community-owned healthcare systems. From a humble beginning of zero revenue but the drive of one, CHC has grown into an organization that owns, manages or consults with nearly 30 hospitals nationwide, many with challenging circumstances, most serving smaller communities and rural North America.


Under Williams’ executive leadership, CHC has: 

  • Helped nearly 100 hospitals become more successful whether independently or through affiliations
  • Advised many board members and enhanced their ability to govern effectively
  • Grown from owner-relationships – the first with Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum, Texas – to various levels of relationship based on the needs of each hospital
  • Improved the financial position, operations and clinical quality of the hospitals CHC has served
  • Developed CHC Consulting in order to help more hospitals with an array of consulting and management services
  • Created CHC ContinueCARE to develop long-term acute care hospitals in collaboration with host hospitals; CHC ContinueCARE currently serves 11 LTACHs
  • Created expert teams in areas of supply, revenue cycle and IT services
  • Supported new program growth, the most recent is the 2015 launch of CHC Supply Trust, offering hospitals nationwide the same preferred supply pricing typically reserved for large hospital systems
  • Built the CHC culture around its RISE values – Respect, Integrity, Stewardship and Excellence – which has led to several awards and recognition

In 2016 for the second consecutive year, CHC was named among the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review. CHC was also named among The Dallas Morning News’ 2015 Top 100 Places to Work and 7th in the small company category.


In 2014, Williams received the Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, the Texas Hospital Association’s highest honor. When presented early in 2015 at THA’s Annual Conference, THA President and CEO Ted Shaw said, “Whether he is helping to bring a small rural hospital back from the brink or serving on a state or national board, Mike is a true example of what it means to lead. There is no one more deserving of this honor.” In 2010, Williams served as Chairman of the Board of THA. Additionally, he has chaired the board of Healthsource, THA’s for-profit subsidiary, and was the recipient of the 2010 Hospac Star Award. He has participated at the highest level of giving in the annual Hospac campaign for many years.


Williams has also served as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 7 and is a Fellow and past Regent with the American College of Healthcare Executives.


In 2014, Williams’ alma mater – the University of Alabama’s School of Health Professions – named him one of five Distinguished Alumni. He is a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Dean’s Advisory Board, School of Health Professions, and co-chaired their 2013 building campaign during which time he and his wife endowed the Williams Family Scholarship to benefit students in health administration. Williams holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the Medical Center in Birmingham where he was named outstanding alumnus in 2003.


Close to home, Williams participates in growing and serving the ministry of All Saints Dallas, part of the Anglican Mission in the Americas, is a member of their Board of Stewards and chairs their Finance Committee.


Along with Susan, his wife of nearly 34 years, Williams looks forward to time with his six grandchildren, son Spencer, an attorney, and his wife Amy of Denver, and his daughter Sarah and her husband Jim, an ophthalmologist, of Dallas.


About Community Hospital Corporation – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT®  

Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through three distinct organizations – CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit www.communityhospitalcorp.com.



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