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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. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.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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