Barbara Williams, PhD, RN of Conway will receive the 2014 Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA) Chairman’s Award during the AHA’s annual Awards Dinner on October 9, 2014 at the Little Rock Marriott. She will complete both her term as president of the Arkansas Association of Hospital Trustees (AAHT) and as trustee delegate to the AHA board in October.
During her two-year tenure, Dr. Williams has been a mentor for hospital trustees in the state and has represented trustees both in Arkansas and nationally at regional policy board meetings of the American Hospital Association in discussions about important healthcare issues and the value of governance education.
Dr. Williams, a member of Conway Regional Health System’s board of trustees, is department chairperson of the College of Nursing at the University of Central Arkansas. As AAHT chairman, she was instrumental in helping design and administer a 2014 survey aimed both at trustees and at CEOs to determine exactly what trustees expected and needed from the AHA and AAHT. The survey results will play a large role in how the organization advocates for and educates hospital trustees in coming years