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WakeMed President & CEO Honored with NCHA's Highest Award

RALEIGH, N.C. – William K. Atkinson II, Ph.D., president and CEO of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, was honored at the North Carolina Hospital Association’s (NCHA) annual conference with the organizations highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to the chief executive officer of an NCHA member institution and recognizes a healthcare leader who has made valuable contributions to his/her institution, the health care field, and to NCHA. Atkinson received the award at NCHA’s annual Summer Membership Meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.

"From the moment Bill Atkinson said that quality is the one thing hospitals can control, he has been a leader on that issue for our association. He spearheaded NCHA's commitment to the 100,000 Lives Campaign, was instrumental in the organization of the Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety and now chairs the center’s board,” said William A. Pully, president of NCHA.

Pully continued, “Our association has been very fortunate to get a share of Bill's enormous energy and leadership, especially when so many both locally and at the statewide levels are calling upon him. He continues to make his mark on our field in ways that enhance care for the patients our hospitals serve."

Dr. Atkinson has served as WakeMed’s president and CEO since July 2003. He has taken a leadership role locally, regionally and nationally in the areas of patient safety, health care quality, disaster preparedness and education.