Health care professionals from throughout the state attended the Oklahoma Hospital Association’s (OHA’s) 93rd Annual Convention & Trade Show, held Nov. 20-22, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. In addition to the educational sessions and annual trade show, other convention highlights included the presentation of several awards to Oklahoma’s outstanding health care leaders.
During the convention, William G. Wilson, president and CEO, Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus, received the OHA Award of Merit, presented to individuals for long-term commitment to the health care industry.
Wilson has served as president and CEO of Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus since 1987. For more than 35 years he has served in CEO positions at four institutions, Schmidt Memorial Hospital in Westbrook, Minn., Springfield Community Hospital in Springfield, Minn., Hermann Area District Hospital, Hermann, Mo. and 26 years at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus. He will retire at the end of this year.
Wilson has served as an OHA board member on two occasions and currently serves as chairman of the council on rural health. He has also served on the council on quality and patient safety and the committee on auditing.
A native of South Dakota, Wilson served as a physiological training technician in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1969 and completed his RN diploma in 1976. In 1985, he earned a Master of Health Services Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. In 1977, he received a Bachelor of Business from Columbia College.
Wilson has served on numerous community and civic boards. He is a 30-year Rotarian, board member of the Oklahoma State Chamber and served as the southwest region vice president, and has been a member of the Altus military affairs committee since 1988 and served as chairman from 2000-2007.