Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry, who also serves as chairman of the Hardin Memorial Health board of trustees, was recognized last week with the Kentucky Hospital Association’s Healthcare Governance Leadership Award.

The award, which was presented during the association’s 90th annual convention in Lexington, is presented to individuals who have had a positive and sustainable impact on the quality of care in their community.

Hardin Memorial Health President and CEO Dennis Johnson said Berry, who also received the award in May 2014, leads with “extraordinary intellect and vision.”

“He makes strategic decisions and takes necessary risks while always remaining a good steward of limited resources,” Johnson said in a statement. “Not only is Judge Berry the absolute best board chair with whom I have ever worked, but he is also one of the best encouragers and a great friend. I cannot think of anyone more worthy of this great honor.”

Hardin Memorial Health Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Wright said Berry puts people first when he leads.

“He thinks about what is best for the HMH physicians, providers and team, but even more importantly, he thinks about the over 400,000 Central Kentucky residents who come to HMH for care each year,” Wright said. “Every patient matters to Judge Berry and the success of HMH shows that commitment.”

Berry, who has served as chairman of the HMH Board of Trustees for nearly 17 years, said he was honored for the Kentucky Hospital Association to recognize the work they are doing at HMH.

“HMH has grown to be one the largest and best performing hospitals in the Commonwealth. Our HMH team provides excellent patient care while advancing the availability of leading-edge technology to our region,” Berry said. “The HMH Board of Trustees has been aggressive in promoting high quality care while simultaneously investing in state-of-the-art equipment and highly talented staff to be able to provide world-class healthcare right here at home.”

Berry said it has been his pleasure to be a small part of, and witness up close, “the great work they do for all of us each and every day.”

Berry also has served for the last four years as a member of the Kentucky Hospital Board of Trustees. He said he has learned a great deal through the KHA, enhancing his ability to assist HMH in their endeavors.

Berry said to receive the Healthcare Governance Leadership Award for a second time is a great honor that he attributes to the “tremendous accomplishments of all those serving HMH.”

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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