About Damond W. Boatwright, MHA, MHS, FACHE
Damond W. Boatwright, MHA, MHS, FACHE began his service with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) as president and chief executive officer in June 2021. Damond joined HSHS after serving as regional president of SSM Health in Wisconsin a role he served in since 2014. SSM Wisconsin includes seven hospitals and four affiliates, 85+ physician clinics, a pharmacy benefit company, 10 nursing homes and an insurance company.
Some of Damond’s accomplishments at SSM include achieving growth in several key service lines; successfully integrating one of the largest independent multispecialty groups in Wisconsin; maintaining top decile patient satisfaction and quality scores; and developing and chairing SSM Wisconsin’s first advisory council on inclusion, diversity and equity.
Prior to SSM, Damond served in various leadership roles at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) from 2001 to 2013. His career at HCA took him to hospitals in Virginia, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, serving in executive leadership roles with increasing responsibilities.
Damond is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Though he once aspired to become a physician, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at The Citadel in Charleston in 1994. Damond worked full-time at HCA while completing his Master of Health Administration and Health Sciences (MHA, MHS) at Medical University of South Carolina. After finishing graduate school, Damond worked as an administrative fellow for Duke University Health System in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Damond has served as a board member at the Catholic Health Association and is the immediate past chair of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). He received Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comer Award in 2009, and in 2010, he was featured in Becker’s Hospital Review’s Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. In 2020, Damond was named as a WHA Distinguished Leader. He was also recently honored as In Business magazine’s 2021 Executive of the Year in Madison, Wisconsin.