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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Sisters of Providence honor retired SHMC CEO Mike Wilson

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 19, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Mike Wilson, who retired in April 2009 as chief executive officer of Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, was presented June 16 with a miniature bronze statue of Mother Joseph, foundress of the Sisters of Providence in the West.

The presentation, on behalf of all the Sisters of Providence, was made by Providence Sisters Margaret Botch, Annette Seubert and Rosalie Locati.

Wilson is the 35th recipient of the mini statue of Mother Joseph kneeling next to tools she used to make architectural drawings for construction of hospitals and schools.

The statues are awarded by the provincial superior and provincial council and/or the chair of the board and board of directors of Providence Health and Services “in honor of significant accomplishments and/or contributions to the Sisters of Providence.”

Wilson was a Providence executive for 27 years, beginning with six years as president of Holy Family Hospital. He then took over leadership of the Heart Institute of Spokane at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Since 1991 he has held a number of executive positions at Sacred Heart, including chief operating officer, president, and ultimately chief executive of both Sacred Heart and Holy Family.

In presenting the statue, Sister Margaret, former Provincial Superior, praised Wilson’s contribution to the mission of Providence, “particularly at Sacred Heart Medical Center where you oversaw major expansion like the Surgery Center and Women’s Health Center, and the creation of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and – even more – assuring needed services, like psychiatry and emergency care for patients who are uninsured and have no ability pay.”

She also acknowledged Wilson’s “contribution to assuring the best of health care in our region through your crucial role in the development of our region’s largest health care collaboration, Inland Northwest Health Services, and advancements in research, robotic surgery and transplant services,” and other achievements.

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