“This award is given annually in memory of our late friend. Corris Boyd was an exceptional person and an outstanding leader in workplace diversity. This award is our way of keeping his legacy of excellence going and we are so happy to have Vanessa here to take part,” Kuiper said.
It has become a tradition to surprise the winner and this year was no different. Ms. Williams was unaware of the honor until her name was called.
Nominators used words like diligence, coach, mentor, positive drive and instrumental to describe Ms. Williams. As one wrote, Ms. Williams has “propelled positive and measurable changes” in her industry. She has been “instrumental in working with diverse suppliers and our members to help contribute to the overall economic growth and well-being of the communities in which we live and work.”
But if you talk to those who know her best, they will highlight not only her professional accolades but her personal attributes. Her passion for coaching and mentoring, her desire to see others succeed, and her dedication to diversity.
The Corris Boyd Leadership Award honors an individual or company that has made an outstanding contribution in fostering leadership in the health care industry. The FAH established the Corris Boyd Leadership in 2007 to honor the late Corris Boyd, who spent his career working with hospital management companies and group purchasing organizations. Corris Boyd committed his life to diversity and excellence in health care. He believed that leadership development is crucial to success and was devoted to the success of minority- and women-owned business enterprises.
FAH is honored to present Deborah Williams as the 2019 Corris Boyd Award winner and extends its thanks for her outstanding work which embodies the ideals the award represents.
The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), founded in 1966, is the national representative of more than 1,000 investor-owned or managed community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. Our members include hospitals in urban and rural America, as well as inpatient rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute care, and cancer hospitals. Investor-owned hospitals serve their communities proudly while providing high-quality health care to their patients.
The FAH provides a unique perspective to health care policymakers. We and our members are steadfast advocates of a market-based health care system, which benefits consumers by continually providing the high quality, patient safety, and value of care through competition and innovation.
Since its inception, the FAH has worked diligently to provide the expertise and insight of its members to federal legislators and regulators, as well as to other stakeholders, the general public, and the media. The key to our continuing organizational success is an active membership base.
“Investor-owned community hospitals are the core of their community health care systems. We are proud of the role that our facilities play in their communities and work constantly to ensure that all Americans get the hospital care that they need, when they need it.” – Chip Kahn, FAH President and CEO