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William H. Nelson Endowed Scholarship

In 2008 as a tribute to their recently retired president and chief executive officer, William H. Nelson, Intermountain Healthcare established an endowed scholarship for nursing students at Brigham Young University in his name.

Mr. Nelson joined Intermountain Healthcare in 1975, the organization's start-up year. As a member of the management team, he helped renovate and rebuild many of the existing facilities. In the 1980s he was instrumental in developing one of the first computer systems in the nation to network facilities and allow for detailed analysis and management of hospital costs.

Under his direction, Intermountain Healthcare hospitals and clinics provided millions of dollars in financial assistance to patients who were unable to pay for medical care. He also spearheaded development of dozens of partnerships with community agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community clinics that care for low-income, uninsured and homeless people.

For over three decades he was a guiding force that helped Intermountain Healthcare become one of the nation's most respected medical organizations.

"Bill" Nelson's volunteer leadership roles are numerous, including Utah Symphony & Opera, Westminister College, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the United Way of Greater Salt Lake, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was presented the Compassionate Leader Award by United Way in 2007; he also received the Father of the Year Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. In addition, he was the first recipient of the National Healthcare Leadership Award presented by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

Mr. Nelson and his wife, Christine, have eight children. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and earned an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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