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Katherine Bunting-Williams, FMH CEO receives recognition

Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Bunting-Williams, PhD, RN, MSN, LNHA has been recognized for the sixth time by Becker’s Hospital Review, a publication by ASC Communications. Becker’s Hospital Review in December named Katherine Bunting-Williams, PhD, RN, MSN, LNHA to its annual list, “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” According to the Becker’s Hospital Review, these 130 women, who are executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation, have established themselves as successful leaders within the ever-changing healthcare industry. She is also named among the Top 10% of CEOs in Healthcare | 2017. In November, Dr. Bunting-Williams, was named among, “183 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2017.” The men and women on this list lead some of the largest and most successful nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. This statement rings true of the FMH, not as the largest, but definitely one of the most successful non-profit organizations. CEO, Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., has provided Fairfield Memorial Hospital with the direction to ensure Fairfield Memorial Hospital is not only successful, but continues to prosper. Under her administration, Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health and iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in outcomes.

“I am humbled to be serving in this CEO role now for 19 years. This beautiful hospital we have would not be where it is today without a Board of Directors who have vision and who support efforts toward improvement. We are blessed with a Medical Staff that work collaboratively to provide the most advanced care to our community. I thank each of the individuals who are part of my leadership team at this facility, along with all the front line staff, for their unwavering dedication and work toward enhancing the patient experience, as without the daily miracles they perform, this facility would not be what it is without our staff. They are the heartbeat of our organization and are what makes this facility excellent,” stated Katherine Bunting-Williams, PH.D., FMH CEO.

Dr. Bunting-William’s first recognition by the publication was in the fall of 2010, when Becker’s Hospital Review recognized her as one of the Nation’s Top 50 Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders. She was recognized specifically for demonstrating outstanding leadership within the

hospital and healthcare industry. Also in 2010 she was recognized as being in the top 10% of the Nation’s Hospital CEOS, and then received that same recognition again in 2011. In 2016, she was named on the list of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” and the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to know | 2016,” followed by the three latest recognitions this year.

Members of all of these lists were selected for their accomplishments in leading healthcare and hospital organizations, including improvement of patient care, development of relationships between providers and facilitation of organizational growth. Each featured leader was applauded by their colleagues for contributing significant value to the healthcare industry. Katherine Bunting-Williams, PhD, exhibits her healthcare leadership within the state of Illinois, as she has served and is serving in many healthcare leadership positions including: Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) Region 5 Past-President, IHA Small and Rural Hospital Steering Committee Member (2001-Present), IHA Small and Rural Hospital Steering Committee Chairwoman, Illinois Rural Health Association (Past Executive Board Member), Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (Member), is a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives, and will be serving on the IHA Board of Trustees in 2018.

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team used several resources to develop the list, including nominations, prior Becker’s Hospital Review lists and input from industry experts. After several months of collecting nominations and researching the background of each nominee, the editorial team narrowed the contenders to a list of top leaders. Becker’s Hospital Review repeats this process annually to ensure an up-to-date compendium. In addition, leaders do not pay and cannot pay to be included on the list in order to ensure a non-bias list is published.

ASC Communications is the leading source of cutting edge business and legal information for hospital and health system leaders. ASC Communications takes advantage of multiple channels through which to reach these decision-makers of the hospital and outpatient surgical community. Becker’s Hospital Review, a Chicago-based publication, is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. The Healthcare magazine is geared-toward high-level hospital leaders, and provides valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 15,000 people, primarily acute care hospital CEOs and CFOs.