CHOCTAW – Dr. Walt Willis, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer (CMO) at the Choctaw Health Center (CHC), it was announced Monday.
A tribally run facility providing comprehensive medical services to band members of the Choctaw Indians of Mississippi, Dr. Willis’ appointment is effective Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
Dr. Willis is an experienced physician and healthcare executive with a proven track record for decades of delivering exceptional healthcare, the tribe said, and he is committed to advancing quality outcomes for patients in the fields of family, emergency and hospital medicine. .
Dr. Willis most recently served as Medical Director of Critical Access Hospitals and Primary Care Clinics at Rush Health.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Willis join the Choctaw Health Center team as CMO,” said Mary Harrison, Acting Chief Health Officer. “We are excited to see the benefits his hard work will have on the community.”
“I join the CHC leadership team in welcoming Dr. Walt Willis, MD, to the Choctaw Health Center as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Willis brings over 36 years of leadership experience and extensive knowledge in as a medical practitioner, an essential part of meeting the needs of our community,” said Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben.
“I am confident in Dr. Willis’ ability to provide strong leadership to our medical staff and to continue to provide high standards of quality health care to the tribal public we serve.”
Dr. Willis’ responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer will include overseeing all aspects of CHC’s clinical areas and quality initiatives that advance the health mission of providing the highest level of health care to tribal communities and the patient population.
Originally from Neshoba County, Dr. Willis is the son of Mary Lewis Willis of Philadelphia and the late Joe Louis Willis.