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HSHS’s Damond Boatwright named to Becker’s 2024 “Black Healthcare Leaders to Know”

May 17, 2024 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — HSHS President and Chief Executive Officer Damond Boatwright has been named to Becker's Healthcare 2024 list of “Black Healthcare Leaders to Know.” 

The national health system leaders honored on this list are credited with shaping the patient experience, educating and training the next generation of healthcare providers, and furthering equity and inclusion.

According to Becker’s, “Diversity in healthcare leadership results in a more well-rounded experience for patients and providers.”

Boatwright became the 13-hospital system’s first Black CEO in June 2021. He was recognized by Becker’s for his commitment to creating a culture of transparency and trust and for enhancing diversity, equity and inclusivity at HSHS.

“I feel extremely proud and blessed to work for an organization whose Mission states we ‘reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry,’” Boatwright says. “As human beings, we are called to be inclusive and to care for all God’s children in the most equitable way possible, so that all may flourish.”

Boatwright currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Health Association (CHA), the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation, comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,600 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states. He is also currently a member of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Illinois Hospital Association.

To view the full list of 231 healthcare leaders, click here.
Note: Becker's Healthcare developed this list based on nominations and editorial research. Leaders do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it an endorsement of the leaders or organizations mentioned.   
 About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; urgent care; general, vascular, and orthopedic surgical services; inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services; rehabilitation; an oncology outpatient clinic; and women’s care. It was founded as Oconto Falls City Hospital in 1921 and became HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in 2014 when it joined Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). As an affiliate of HSHS, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital draws on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as it serves the health care needs of the region in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital also has six regional health center locations in affiliation with Prevea Health in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett and Oconto Falls. For more information about St. Clare, please visit: www.stclarememorial.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is a $2.5 billion Catholic health care ministry founded in 1875. Dedicated to our Mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through high-quality Franciscan health care, HSHS clinicians provide exceptional care centered on the whole person. Based in Springfield, Illinois, HSHS employs more than 11,000 colleagues who provide care in 13 acute-care, children’s and critical-access hospitals and home health and hospice programs in Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin. HSHS is aligned with more than 1,000 primary and specialty physicians and advanced practitioners through its owned affiliates HSHS Medical Group and Prairie Cardiovascular and its partnership with Prevea Health. For more information about HSHS, visit hshs.org.
HSHS’s Damond Boatwright named to Becker’s 2024  “Black Healthcare Leaders to Know”
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