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St. Luke's Board Member Barbara Wilson Named to American Hospital Association Board

Barbara L. Wilson, the immediate past chair and board member of St. Luke's Treasure Valley Board of Directors, is one of eight new members named to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees.
By Ken Dey, News and Community
July 28, 2011

The AHA board is the policy-making body of the organization and has the ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.  The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that is committed to health improvement in the communities they serve.  The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care.

The AHA Board includes executives and health care professionals from throughout the United States.  Wilson is the only non-employee to be chosen for the board.

Wilson has served on the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Board of Directors for 15 years. The all-volunteer board oversees operations throughout the Treasure Valley including the Boise and Meridian medical centers.

She began her 27-year career in telecommunications in Pacific Northwest Bell’s sales and marketing division, and held successive executive positions at US West Communications.  In 2000, she was named Idaho and Regional Vice President – Western Region following U S West’s merger with Qwest Communications.  Wilson retired from Qwest in 2001.

Wilson was also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) of San Francisco Board of Directors for six years. While on the board, she served on the executive committee for all six years and chaired the audit committee for four years.  Previously she served a three-year term at the Salt Lake City Branch Board for the San Francisco FRB, with two years as chair.

Her board and council participation in community and government organizations includes:  Boise Airport Commissioner for 10 years, Governor’s Economic Stimulus Committee, Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence, Idaho Business Council, Idaho Governor’s 2002 Winter Games Committee, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (executive committee member), Boise Area Economic Development Council and Boise State University College of Business and Economics Advisory Council  chair.

She previously served on the AHA Committee on Governance from 2008-2010.

Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Puget Sound in Washington and a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington.

Wilson joins seven other new members on the board including:

  • Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.
  • Christopher Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Tx.
  • Dan Gross, RN, DNSc, executive vice president for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, Calif.
  • Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisc.
  • R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta , Ga.
  • Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill.
  • Maureen Swick, RN, MSN, Ph.D., NEA-BC, senior vice president/chief nurse executive at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.
About St. Luke’s Health System

Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only-locally controlled not-for-profit health care system with five hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho. St. Luke’s has earned numerous national awards for excellence in patient care. St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit www.stlukesonline.org.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that is committed to health improvement in the communities they serve.  The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include more than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care.  Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information about AHA, visit www.aha.org.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.