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St. Luke's Health System Names Two New Members to Board of Directors

By Ken Dey, News and Community
March 26, 2012

BOISE, Idaho – Bill Whitacre, president and CEO of the J.R. Simplot Co., and Barbara Wilson, past chair of the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Board of Directors, are joining the St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors effective July 1, 2012.

Whitacre, who has more than 30 years' experience in the agricultural industry, was appointed president and chief executive officer of the J.R. Simplot Company in February 2009. Wilson has served on the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Board of Directors for 16 years, and was chair of the board in 2009/2010. She has more than 27 years' experience in the telecommunications industry.

Wilson and Whitacre join 11 other community leaders who serve voluntarily on the St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors as stewards of the community resources entrusted to the not-for-profit organization and its subsidiaries.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Barbara and Bill to the Board,” said Jon Miller, St. Luke’s Health System Board Chair. “The combined business experience Barbara and Bill bring to the board will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to transform St. Luke’s Health System to deliver integrated, seamless and patient-centered quality care.”

Wilson began her 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 US West’s merger with Qwest Communications. Wilson retired from Qwest in 2001.

Wilson was recently named to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees for a three-year term. 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.

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.

In the past, Wilson has often been called to participate in a number of other important efforts including serving on the Governor’s Economic Stimulus Committee, Governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, Boise Area Economic Development Council, Boise State University College of Business and Economics Advisory Council, and as a Boise Airport Commissioner for 10 years.

Whitacre joined Simplot in March 2000 as president of the company’s Turf and Horticulture Group. In 2002, he was named president of the AgriBusiness Group. Prior to joining Simplot, Whitacre was president and CEO of Research Seeds Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes Inc.

Prior to relocating to Boise, Whitacre served on the board of directors at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo. During his tenure, Whitacre also chaired the managed care committee and finance committee.

Whitacre has served as a board member of The Fertilizer Institute, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Nutrients for Life Foundation, Farm Foundation and Heartland Regional Medical Center.  He is a past president, American Seed Trade Association, Western Seed Association, and North American Seed Institute.

Members of the St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors provide guidance for Medical Center and Health System policy, development and service enhancement, and determination of how health system revenues will be reinvested back into local health care services, facilities and equipment.

About St. Luke’s Health System

St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only locally controlled health care system, employing more than 10,000 people. With hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall, and Jerome, St. Luke’s provides patients with unmatched care in specialized medical fields, including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services, and children’s health care. To find out more, visit

About The Author

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