The Board of Trustees of Ashe Memorial Hospital (AMH) has announced the resignation of hospital CEO R.D. Williams. He has served as CEO at Ashe Memorial for nearly 20 years, and has been an involved member of the community.
During his tenure, Williams was instrumental in establishing the Ashe County Health Council, a Healthy Carolinians Task Force and its successor organization the Ashe Health Alliance. These organizations bring together the health and human service providers and volunteers in the County to work together to address identified health needs and disparities in Ashe County’s communities.
Williams has also recruited 20 physicians to the Ashe County Medical Community, most recently recruiting, Dr, Terry Williams, D.O., FACOG, a new OB/GYN to practice at AMH-Ashe Women’s Center.
Under his watch, AMH has received local, state and national awards including the American Hospital Association’s Nova Award, National Rural Health Association’s Outstanding Rural Health Organization of the Year, Most Wired for Information Technology, and iVantage Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Awards.
Hospital Board Chair James G. Gambill expressed appreciation for Williams’ contributions to the organization: “As a strong leader, tireless mentor and champion for community health, R.D. has positively impacted the lives of Ashe County residents for nearly two decades. He has been an asset to our hospital and community and our gratitude to him cannot be overstated.”
Williams departs the end of May to take another position within QHR, the firm which has provided management services to Ashe Memorial.
A nationwide search for a new permanent CEO is underway and an interim will be named to this position at the end of the month. There is no current time frame for the search to be completed.