Billy Walker Named Memorial Hospital and Manor CEO March 2011
Charles Tyson, Chairman of the Hospital Authority of the City of Bainbridge and Decatur County, announced Tuesday that William J. (Billy) Walker, Jr., CPA, has been named Chief Executive Office of Memorial Hospital and Manor. Walker, Chief Financial Officer of Memorial, has served as Interim Co-CEO, along with Cynthia Vickers, RN, Assistant Administrator of Nursing Services, since November after former CEO Jim Peak's contract was not renewed by the Hospital Authority. Walker began his tenure at Memorial Hospital and Manor as Assistant Chief Financial Office in 2000, and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Prior to joining Memorial Hospital and Manor's administrative staff, Walker served as Controller of Harrell Equipment Company, Inc. in Vada. He also worked for four years as Senior Accountant with a large CPA firm in Macon and Atlanta. Walker graduated from Mercer University, Stetson School of Business in Macon in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He earned the Certified Public Accountant designation in 1991.
Walker is married to the former Rhonda Godwin of Bainbridge and they have three children. He is a member of the First Baptist Church and its Finance Committee, Past Chairman of the Bainbridge/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 502, a member of the Bainbridge Rotary Club, and past member of the YMCA Board of Directors. Walker graduated from the Georgia Hospital Association Leadership Program in 2005 and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Tyson said the Hospital Authority received 21 applications, of which three candidates withdrew their applications. The search was narrowed down to eight candidates and then to seven after one person declined to submit appropriate background information. The Hospital Authority selected three candidates, including Walker, to interview.
Memorial Hospital and Manor Is Now Tobacco-free April 2011
On April 4, 2011, Memorial Hospital and Manor joined hospitals across Georgia in an effort to become tobacco-free in supporting the health and wellness of all of employees, patients and visitors. Now no tobacco use of any kind is permitted anywhere on the hospital campus or its facilities - inside or outside. This initiative includes the elimination of all designated smoking areas outside Memorial Hospital and Manor where employees, patients, and visitors had previously been permitted to use tobacco products.
Over 10,000 Georgians die every year from tobacco use. And one out of every six people dies from smoking-related illnesses. Smoking costs Georgians $1.8 billion in direct health care costs each year. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. It is estimated that 184,000 children under the age of 18 in Georgia will ultimately die a premature death from the effects of tobacco. Death from tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the world. Every year, nearly half a million people die from the effects of tobacco.
Memorial Hospital and Manor is asking for the community's support in our tobacco-free initiative as we move forward to make our community healthier for all our citizens. Many smoking cessation products are available to help people who want to quit smoking. Patients should talk to their physicians about their options.