Mountain States Foundation names 2011 Spirit Award winner


Bill Hawkins, 2011 Spirit Award Winner

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Mountain States Foundation announced this week that the 2011 Spirit Award will go to Johnson City Resident Bill Hawkins. He will receive the award on January 28 at the Foundation’s 22nd annual Spirit Gala. With nearly 20 years of service in local healthcare governance, Hawkins has demonstrated steadfast leadership and strong character, and he has proven himself an invaluable partner in the success of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).

“Bill is a man of the highest integrity and is widely known for his achievements in both business and public service,” said Dennis Vonderfecht, president and CEO of MSHA. “His leadership within Mountain States Health Alliance has benefited the entire health care community in this region, and I am pleased to see him honored as this year’s Spirit Award winner.”

Hawkins’s service in the local health care sector began in 1992 when he was appointed to the Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) board of directors after 40 years of extraordinary leadership in the commercial sector at General Shale. He applied the knowledge and insight he had gained in that business setting to his service in health care and quickly earned the respect of the local health care community for his expertise in policy making and strategic planning.

Hawkins’s calm and focused leadership was particularly valuable in 1998 when JCMC moved to purchase six Columbia/HCA facilities in Northeast Tennessee to form Mountain States Health Alliance. Transitioning to the MSHA board of directors, Hawkins helped establish guidelines and direction for the newly formed  health system.

“Bill has been an inspiration, mentor and role model to countless people throughout his career,” said Pat Holtsclaw, president of Mountain States Foundation.

The Spirit Award criteria call for a person who has passion for his or her community, is recognized as a leader in the region, is highly respected among peers and has demonstrated support for MSHA’s mission while giving unselfishly of his or her time and talents. Hawkins has proven himself a strong pillar in the community, serving in multiple leadership roles at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and on the executive board of the Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America. In 2002, he was presented with the Leaders in Christian Service Award from Milligan College, and in 2005, he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Hawkins is a resident of Johnson City. He and his wife, Ann, have four children and eight grandchildren.

Tickets are still available for the Spirit Gala. The theme for the black-tie event this year is Spirit of Masquerade. Proceeds will benefit oncology services at MSHA. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call 423-302-3131.

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