2021 Charles S. Billings Award

The Charles S. Billings Award is the top honor given by the Kansas Hospital Association. KHA members are encouraged to nominate an individual for his/her distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the health care of Kansans. Individuals recognized are hospital leaders who have dedicated their working lives to hospitals and health care. This award celebrates a hospital leader’s lifetime of service and continuing contribution to the health care of Kansans.

In 1939, Charles S. Billings began serving as the Kansas Hospital Association’s first president. Billings served in this role until he retired from KHA in 1962. In 1971, the Charles S. Billings Award was established to honor Billings’ dedication and years of service to Kansans. His character inspired the inscription on the award, which reads, “For distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the health care of Kansans.” The Kansas Hospital Association reserves this award for those who have truly shown their commitment, leadership and dedication to that noble pursuit.

HOW TO COMPLETE THE NOMINATION FORM
Please note - at any time you may close the browser to return later. The software will save your responses. When you return, you will go to the next question to complete the rest of the survey. You will need the nominee's contact information as well as answers to the following questions:

1. Summary of nominee’s commitment and excellence in service to Kansas hospitals. (250 words or less)
2. Examples of nominee’s leadership in health care on a local, state and national level. (250 words or less)
3. Examples of nominee’s service to the Kansas Hospital Association. Include participation on KHA boards, councils and/or committees. (250 words or less)
4. Other activities or reasons why this nominee should be considered. (250 words or less)

THE PROCESS
Nominations are submitted online and are reviewed by a committee of peers in the hospital/health care industry. The committee does not include Kansas hospital executives. The committee may recommend multiple or no awards be given. The committee’s recommendation is presented to the Executive Committee of the KHA Board of Directors for approval.

PHOTOGRAPH
Photographs of the nominee will be required if he/she is an awardee. Electronic photos should be an EPS, JPEG or TIFF file. Color photographs are preferred. The nominee and the nominator will be notified when photographs are needed.

DEADLINE
Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on June 4. You will receive an email confirmation that KHA has received your nomination. If you do not receive a confirmation by June 11, please contact KHA at (785) 233-7436.

AWARD PRESENTATION AND RECOGNITION
In recognition for distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the health care of Kansans, the awardee(s) will be honored by:

• Receipt of the Charles S. Billings Award;
• A video tribute at the Kansas Hospital Association Annual Convention;
• Coverage in KHA publications and on the KHA Web site; and
• Media announcements of the award.

QUESTIONS
For additional information, call KHA at (785) 233-7436 or go to www.kha-net.org/aboutkha/khaawards. Access more information about the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show online at www.kha-net.org/educationconventionts/convention.

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