WSHA honors Cascade Medical Center Commissioner Bruce Williams with Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award

November 11, 2022

Award recognizes Williams’ continuing commitment to health care leadership in Central Washington

Bruce Williams headshot 2022The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) presented its Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award Oct. 17 to Cascade Medical Center Board Commissioner Bruce Williams. The award recognizes Williams’ continuing commitment to health care leadership in Central Washington and his advocacy on behalf of hospitals across the state. The honor was presented as part of the association’s Annual Meeting.

Williams is a retired CEO, lawyer and Peace Corps Volunteer, and he has served on more than a dozen boards of directors. He also earned WSHA’s Health Care Governance Certification. Williams’ family came to the Washington Territory in the 1880s. He and his family moved to Leavenworth so their daughter could attend Cascade High School. There they enjoy the natural beauty, the many outdoor activities and the strong sense of community.

“Bruce is passionate about great board governance,” Cascade Medical Center CEO Diane Blake said. “In his years on the Cascade Medical Board, he has consistently shared and led a vision for governance best practices, and he has helped lead continuing governance improvements that enhance the way the Cascade Medical Center Board and management work together to best serve our community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Bruce.”

The Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award was created in 2019 and is given each year to a hospital board member or commissioner who has displayed exemplary leadership and community service. The award is named after the late Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts Executive Director Ben Lindekugel, who was especially dedicated to ensuring good governance among hospitals across Washington state. Lindekugel died unexpectedly in June 2019.

“Bruce Williams brings a wide and deep background to his role as a hospital commissioner,” WSHA CEO Cassie Sauer said. “His expertise benefits not just Cascade Medical Center, but all the hospitals around the state as he works to improve governance in hospitals statewide. It’s a pleasure to work with Bruce, and I’m thrilled he won the award named for my friend Ben Lindekugel.”

About Cascade Medical Center

Cascade Medical is a nonprofit, Critical Access Hospital dedicated to the well-being of the Upper Valley community. The hospital district covers 1,200 square miles in North Central Washington, including the towns of Plain, Leavenworth, Peshastin and Dryden.


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