Damond W. Boatwright, MHA, MHS, FACHE, began his service with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) as President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2021. HSHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, and operates a network of 15 hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
Prior to HSHS, Damond served as regional president of SSM Health in Wisconsin, beginning in 2014. SSM Wisconsin includes seven hospitals and four affiliates, 85+ physician clinics, a pharmacy benefit company, 10 nursing homes, and an insurance company. Damond served in various leadership roles at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) from 2001 to 2013. His career at HCA took him to hospitals in Virginia, Florida, Missouri, and Kansas, serving in various executive leadership roles.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at The Citadel in Charleston. Damond worked full-time at HCA while completing his Master of Health Administration and Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. After finishing graduate school, Damond worked as an administrative fellow for Duke University Health System in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Damond has served as a board member at the Catholic Health Association and is the immediate past chair of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). He received Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comer Award in 2009, and in 2010, he was featured in Becker’s Hospital Review’s Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. In 2020, Damond was named a WHA Distinguished Leader, and in 2021, he was honored as In Business magazine’s Executive of the Year in Madison, Wisconsin.