Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Walter F. “Wally” Johnson III, who helped guide Georgetown Hospital System during a period of strong growth and development, has retired from the GHS Board of Trustees after more than five years of dedicated service.
Johnson was elected to the GHS board in 2008 and served in several capacities, including chairman of the planning committee and board secretary. He was also a member of the Executive Committee.
GHS Board Chairman H. McRoy Skipper Jr. praised Johnson for his contributions to the hospital system and the community.
“Wally Johnson is highly respected for his knowledge and his insights,” Skipper said. “His experience in health care made him an invaluable member of the board, and we are a stronger hospital system because of his service. On behalf of my fellow board members, I thank Wally for his commitment to our organization and the patients we serve.”
A Charleston native, Johnson built a distinguished career in the military and in the private sector. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years, attaining the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. At retirement, he was director of Army Worldwide Health Care Operations and chief of the Medical Service Corps, which included 31 medical specialties.
He founded Eagle Group International Inc., a full-service consulting firm that was purchased by Lockheed Martin Corp. In the early 1990s, he served as president and CEO of the Diversity in Health Management, an organization responsible for helping increase the number of minority managers in health services and enhancing their advancement. He also served as senior vice president of the American Hospital Association.