Norton Healthcare today announced that its CEO, Stephen A. Williams, is retiring from the organization at the end of the year. Williams has served as CEO of Norton Healthcare for the past 23 years and has been with the organization for 39 years of service.
Williams began his career in 1972 as the youngest-ever hospital administrator in Kentucky (at age 22) at the state’s then smallest hospital in his native Livingston County. He joined Norton Healthcare (then known as NKC) in 1977 as an Assistant to the Executive Vice President. He was named Vice President of Management Services in 1984, and two years later he was appointed to the role of Vice President, Quality. In 1988 he accepted the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and he was named President and CEO in 1993.
“The organization today known as Norton Healthcare enjoyed its greatest period of growth and expansion under Steve’s leadership,” said Donald H. Robinson, chairman of the Norton Board of Trustees.
“Under his leadership, Norton Healthcare has risen to be consistently rated as one of the nation’s top 100 integrated health care systems. More importantly, it has achieved tremendous growth and expansion of services throughout the system during his time as CEO, more than doubling in size.”