Bill Calhoun receives the Best of the Best Administrator Award for 2011
11 / 09 / 2011
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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OSHKOSH, Wis.- Bill Calhoun, president of Mercy Medical Center, has been named the 2011 winner of the Best of the Best Administrative Award from the Partners of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
The award, which was presented at the Partners State Convention last month in Eau Claire, honors on-site administrators and executives of Wisconsin hospitals and medical centers who demonstrate a cooperative, supportive, enthusiastic and well-defined relationship with their volunteer organizations.
Calhoun has been in his current position as president of Mercy Medical Center for four years and has 20 years of health care administration experience. He is a Wisconsin native, earning his bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at UW-Madison and his master’s degree in business administration from UW-Milwaukee.
"Bill goes above and beyond when it comes to supporting Mercy’s volunteers," said Amy Brownson, manager of volunteer services at Mercy Medical Center. "All of our volunteers strive to help patients receive the highest quality of personalized care and Bill leads by example, always putting the patients first."
At the presentation, Calhoun was acknowledged by Pat Freeders, chair of the "Best of the Best" committee, for his commitment to understanding the duties of various volunteer jobs and commending individuals in peer-to-peer recognition and awards such as the assisting clinical excellence award, which identifies one individual who assisted a clinical department in achieving the top 10 percent in a monthly patient satisfaction survey.
In his acceptance address, Calhoun thanked his group of volunteers for their valuable contributions to Mercy Medical Center and estimated that it had a $1.5 million impact on the hospital. He said if that number was representative for volunteers of the 5,000 hospitals nationwide, more than $5 billion worth of services and donations to hospitals could be attributed to volunteers. Calhoun also thanked all of the people in attendance for th eir dedication to excellent health care in Wisconsin.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.