Ralph Clark, CEO of Medical Center Barbour, was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence, by the Alabama Hospital Association at its recent annual meeting. The award is the Association’s highest honor and is given to recognize a career of achievement in the hospital field.
“I’m so pleased the members chose to honor Ralph,” said Donald E. Williamson, MD, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “He’s provided excellent leadership for the hospitals he has served throughout his career and been a stalwart of our Association for many years, always striving to ensure hospitals are able to fulfill their mission of providing quality health care.”
Clark has served as CEO of Medical Center Barbour since 2007. He previously served in senior management positions with Eastern Health System in Birmingham and was President/CEO of Northwest Alabama Healthcare Authority in Sheffield, AL.
A Board Certified Healthcare Executive and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Clark served on the Board of the Alabama Hospital Association for 12 years and served as Board Chairman in 1992. He has also filled a number of terms on the Association’s shared services board and is currently serving as its chairman, as well currently serving as a board member for the Healthcare Workers Compensation Fund. He was the regent for the Alabama Chapter of Healthcare Executives and a board member for the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce. His is also an active member of the Eufaula Rotary Club.
Clark earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Business Administration from Samford University.
Founded in 1921, the Alabama Hospital Association is a statewide trade organization that assists member hospitals in effectively serving the health care needs of Alabama, through advocacy, representation, education and service.