Former Board Member Honored
Bill Miller given Sister Mary Assumpta Award

(April 2013) - Bill Miller, former member of both foundation boards and the hospital community board was recently recognized with the Sister Mary Assumpta award at the Friends of Mercy dinner. The award is given by St. Joseph’s Foundation in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the organization.

In 1974, Sister Mary Assumpta was sent to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, after a long ministry in education. She was Superior of the convent and chairman of the Board of Directors. Her years of experience and skills in the education ministry prompted T. Abner Huff, president of St. Joseph’s at the time, to ask her to become part of his advisory council. Sister was an invaluable addition to the board and the hospital during those tumultuous years. Her strength and ability to stay focused, stand her ground and see things clearly made it possible for her to steer the hospital through rough waters. She was a woman who was energized by challenge, by lively exchange and by the future she wanted to shape.

In addition to serving on both foundation boards, Bill Miller was a charter member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Board, serving from 2001 to 2010 and serving as board chairman from July 2007 to December 2008. He was an active participant on several committees and created the Patient Satisfaction Task Force, which assisted the hospital in achieving national recognition for service excellence.

A dedicated and loyal member of the board, solid leader and compassionate man, Miller is always willing to offer his expertise and share resources. He once organized a film crew to create a mini-documentary about a special patient and a short movie about patient satisfaction that was presented at Dignity Health headquarters.

Miller has played an important role in the Phoenix community, founding MagicDust Television and serving as the president and general manager of KTVK and KASW in Phoenix. Before its sale to BELO, Bill was chief operating officer of MAC America Communications, overseeing the company’s television, radio, publishing and internet business from 1986-1999. Bill truly embodies Sister Mary Assumpta’s dedication to the board and to the betterment of our hospital.