December 12, 2011

Maury Regional Medical Center honors former CEO William R. Walter

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – On December 7, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) honored retired CEO William R. (Bill) Walter with a dedication of the William R. Walter Educational Conference Center, located in the medical center’s Annex.

“Bill Walter has made a tremendous impact on health care in this region and the board of trustees wanted to honor him for his accomplishments. Because he was so dedicated to improving the health of our community, we felt that it was appropriate to name the facility where we conduct educational seminars and screenings in his honor,” said MRMC CEO Robert Otwell.

Walter served as the administrator and chief executive officer of Maury Regional Medical Center from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. During this time, the medical center grew from a small community hospital to a 275-bed regional medical center. Under his leadership, the number of physicians on the medical staff grew from 37 to 163 and the number of employees increased from 450 to approximately 2,000 as the facility increased services and volumes continued to grow.

He was instrumental in further securing the medical center’s standing in the region with the addition of Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, Lewis Health Center in Hohenwald and a management agreement to operate Wayne Medical Center in Waynesboro. As a result, the number of out-of-county patients served by the medical center had doubled at the time of his retirement.

Bill Walter is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation Board of Directors, serving as chair of the Allocations Committee. In addition, he is a past member of the American Hospital Association, Tennessee Hospital Association and the Middle Tennessee Hospital Council, having served in a variety of leadership roles within these organizations.