Robertson Named Chair of Governor’s Workforce Investment Board - Adventist HealthCare

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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on June 04, 2007

Robertson Named Chair of Governor’s Workforce Investment Board

William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare of Rockville, has been named by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as the new chairman of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board (GWIB).

The approximately 40-member board is a part of the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation and collaborates with Maryland's top business leaders on new workforce development initiatives.

"It is a privilege to be tapped by Governor O’Malley and entrusted with the role of developing a highly-qualified workforce that will enrich the state’s economic future,” Robertson said.

Robertson, who has served on the board since the fall of 2002, has been instrumental in leading the GWIB’s successful Healthcare Industry Initiative Process which assessed and addressed Maryland’s health-care industry needs, including the critical issue of significantly increasing the number of skilled health-care workers.

The board has targeted 12 other industry sectors, including Aerospace, Bioscience and Hospitality & Tourism that will follow the Healthcare Industry Initiative Process template.

"I am proud to appoint William Robertson as the chair of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board," O’Malley said.  "In working with DLLR Secretary Tom Perez, Bill will help guide Maryland to create a strong workforce ready for the 21st century."

Robertson has served as President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare since 2000, and as a health-care executive for the past 21 years. Adventist HealthCare is one of the largest private employers in Montgomery County with 7,200 employees and 450,000 patients cared for each year.

He is also an active member of a number of community organizations including: the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Leadership Montgomery, the Strathmore Hall Foundation Board, the Maryland Hospital Association and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

"The governor has chosen the right person to continue the tradition of innovation and achievement the Maryland's workforce and business communities have come to expect from GWIB," said Secretary Perez.  "Bill's extensive knowledge of the challenges and needs of the employers and employees in Maryland is a great asset to the board.”

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.  The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.


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